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Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression | Richard Havers


Chronicle Books

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression | Richard Havers


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Purveyor of extraordinary music and an arbiter of cool, Blue Note is the definitive jazz label—signing the best artists, pioneering the best recording techniques, and lead cover design trends with punchy, iconic artwork and typography that shaped the way we see the music itself.

The roster of greats who cut indelible sides for the label include Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Norah Jones, and many more.

Published for Blue Note's seventy-fifth anniversary, this landmark volume is the first official illustrated story of the label, from 1939 roots to its renaissance today.

 Featuring classic album artwork, unseen contact sheets, rare ephemera from the Blue Note Archives, commentary from some of the biggest names in jazz today, and feature reviews of seventy-five key albums, this is the definitive book on the legendary label.


“A lavishly illustrated history of the great jazz label. Richard Havers’s book about Blue Note records, with its details of the inspirations and excesses of the label’s major talents, amounts to a history of jazz itself.” – Guardian


About the Author:

Richard Havers is a consultant to Universal Music on jazz and has curated box sets including ​Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz and Ella Fitzgerald​: The Voice of Jazz. He has written extensively on the topic of 20th-century music and pop culture. His previous books include ​Verve, ​Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey, and ​Sinatra.​​​​​​​


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Book title:

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression


Richard Havers


Chronicle Books



Number of pages:

399 pages

Product Dimensions:

8.9 x 1.8 x 11.2 inches

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Music History, Music Criticism, Music Record Label History, Jazz

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