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Roots & Influences - The World of Blue Note

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Meade Lux Lewis  Cavalcade of Boogie   buy on itunes
Maestro Sam Wooding y Sus Chocolate Kiddies  Tiger Rag   buy on itunes
Sidney Bechet  Texas Moaner Blues   buy on itunes
Fats Waller With Eddie Condon  You're Some Pretty Doll   buy on itunes
Benny Goodman Sextet  Honeysuckle Rose   buy on itunes
Louis Armstrong  Struttin' With Some Barbecue   buy on itunes
Billie Holiday  Fine and Mellow   buy on itunes
Lester Young  Shoe Shine Boy   buy on itunes
Roy Eldridge  Rockin' Chair   buy on itunes
Charlie Parker  Koko   buy on itunes
Dizzy Gillespie  Night In Tunisia   buy on itunes
Bessie Smith  Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out   buy on itunes
T-Bone Walker with Freddie Slack  Mean Old World   buy on itunes
Milt Buckner  The Late, Late Show   buy on itunes
James P. Johnson  You've Got to Be Modernistic   buy on itunes
The Dixiaires  Just A Closer Walk With Thee   buy on itunes
Ray Charles  I've Got a Woman (Single)   buy on itunes
Count Basie and His Orchestra  Live and Love Tonight   buy on itunes
Fats Waller  Hand Me Down My Walking Cane   buy on itunes
Bill Davis Trio  Catch 'Em Young, Treat 'Em Rough, Tell 'Em Nothin'   buy on itunes


The planet's hippest jazz label dug out its roots from the swampy riverside sounds of New Orleans' Dixieland to the uptown elegance of Harlem's Renaissance. Wanna hear history being made? Then jump in the time machine with us and travel back to December 23, 1938, when a 29-year-old Alfred Lion heard the rocket-fueled boogie-woogie of pianist Meade Lux Lewis and decided to start his own label. We can't guarantee that Lewis' finger-blistering performance of "Cavalcade of Boogie" specifically sent Lion into the record biz, but Lion signed up Lewis for Blue Note's first-ever session a few weeks later. Even at age 16, a young Lion sat awestruck in his Berlin hometown as Maestro Sam Wooding y Sus Chocolate Kiddies introduced him to this newfangled jazz music, oompah-ing and scatting their way through "Tiger Rag" (complete with banjo solo). And a lush-life, supper-club chic cradles Billie Holiday's sultry vocals in "Fine and Mellow," straddling an ever-blurry jazz-blues borderline . . . just like Norah Jones would do on Blue Note 60-some years later. From Louis Armstrong to T-Bone Walker, from big band swing to downtown soul, all the raw ingredients for Blue Note's casserole of cool are right here at your fingertips.
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