Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series Curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman; Great Reid Miles Covers (Part 4) Themed Installment Presented On 180g Vinyl LP
In honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label’s history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. The series resumes in May 2020 with Part 4 of the Great Reid Miles Covers theme – Larry Young – Into Somethin’ (1964), Kenny Dorham – Trompeta Toccata (1965), and Andrew Hill – Smoke Stack (1966).
On his second Blue Note album Smoke Stack (1966), pianist and composer Andrew Hill used an unusual line-up of two bassists (Richard Davis and Eddie Khan) along with the masterful Roy Haynes on drums. Blue Note founder Alfred Lion considered Hill to have as distinct and important a compositional voice as Thelonious Monk, and the seven Hill compositions that the quartet explore here contain all the rare beauty to be found in his music. Designer Reid Miles photographed Hill himself for the striking album cover design.
This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
Andrew Hill, piano
Eddie Khan / Richard Davis, bass
Roy Haynes, drums
• Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series
• 180g vinyl LP
• Curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman
• Theme: Great Miles Reid Covers (Part 4)
• All-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes
• Pressed at Optimal
• Standard packaging