Your Top 10 Blue Notes:

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  • The_Hook_UpThe_Hook_Up 8,182 Posts
    my ten faves:



    1. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers "Free for All"

    2. Eric dolphy "Out to Lunch"

    3. Jack McDuff "Moon Rappin"

    4. Jackie McLean "Destination Out!"

    5. Horace Silver "Doin the thing at the Village Gate

    6. Lee Morgan "Search for the new land"

    7. Thelonius Monk "Genius of Modern Music vol 1 and 2"

    8. Lonnie Smith "Move Your Hand"

    9. Grant Green "Solid"

    10. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messenger "withdoctor"

  • montymonty 420 Posts

  • In no particular order:



























    tough to say what my "all time" favorites are, but these are some.

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts

    the first blue note record i bought. first few bars of autumn leaves still gives me shivers.

  • The_Hook_UpThe_Hook_Up 8,182 Posts



    the first blue note record i bought. first few bars of autumn leaves still gives me shivers.



    the first one I bought also(my first jazz record also)! I was 18 and didnt know anything about blue note or jazz for that matter, but I had just seen a PBS thing that had Art Blakey, saw that Miles Davis(had heard good things about him) was on it and figured it would be a good record to introduce me to Jazz...I was right! I suppose I should put it in my top ten, need to dig it out and rediscover it.

  • GuzzoGuzzo 8,611 Posts
    first one to comr to miind:

    Thad Jones[/b] "Vol. 3" *Blue Note)

  • dollar_bindollar_bin I heartily endorse this product and/or event 2,324 Posts
    but here's a few off the top of my head, in no particular order... (prepare to bask in my incredibly mainstream tastes)

    1. Lee Morgan The Sidewinder[/b] this is the album which introduced me to hard bop. Totem Pole is my #2 favorite song off the catalog
    2. Lonnie Smith Move Your Hand[/b] This one is my wife's favorite, but I like it too
    3. Cannonball Adderley Something Else[/b]
    4. Horace Silver Song for my Father[/b]
    5. Hank Mobley Dippin'[/b] it's all about Recado Bossa Nova
    6. Bobbi Humphrey Blacks and Blues[/b]
    7-13. Lou Donaldson 1967 to 1970 Alligator Boogaloo; Mr. Shing-A-Ling; The Midnight Creeper; Say It Loud!; Hot Dog; Everything I Play is Funky; Pretty Things[/b] One of my favorite periods for an artist.

  • Strider79itStrider79it 1,176 Posts


    I'm more of a soul jazz kind of guy

  • AserAser 2,351 Posts


    really though, it changes all the time. Too much great material to cover.

  • high_chigh_c 1,384 Posts



    did you photoshop this to make it a bluenote?




  • did you photoshop this to make it a bluenote?
    yeah i was about to say. maybe blue note reissued it? my copies are on solid state.

  • The_Hook_UpThe_Hook_Up 8,182 Posts



    did you photoshop this to make it a bluenote?
    yeah i was about to say. maybe blue note reissued it? my copies are on solid state.

    yeah Blue Note re-ished it a few years back...not originally on Blue Note

  • a top 10...? there are too many to mention (most of wayne shorter's lps are essential for starters...)

    but here are a couple of lps that would be somewhere in my top 10:




  • TheMackTheMack 3,414 Posts
    few of my favs





  • hcrinkhcrink 8,729 Posts
    In no particular order...

    1. Jimmy Mcgriff "Electric Funk"
    2. Eric Dolphy "Out to Lunch"
    3. Jack McDuff "Moon Rappin"
    4. Jackie McLean "Destination Out!"
    5. Grachan Moncur "Evolution"
    6. Reuben Wilson "Blue Mode"
    7. Tony Williams "Lifetime"
    8. Duke Pearson "the Phantom"
    9. Ornette "Empty foxhole"
    10. Bobby Hutcherson "Now"

  • TheMackTheMack 3,414 Posts

    6. Reuben Wilson "Blue Mode"
    i heard Reynaldo likes that one. And add "The Phantom" to my list, too. that record rules.

  • the3rdstreamthe3rdstream 1,980 Posts
    iam gonna have to think about this one

  • the3rdstreamthe3rdstream 1,980 Posts

    6. Reuben Wilson "Blue Mode"
    i heard Reynaldo
    likes paid out the ass for that one. And add "The Phantom" to my list, too. that record rules.

  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts
    Impossible to single out ten "best" but here are 10 I own (the Morgan and Mobley on CD, rest on vinyl) and love:














  • holmesholmes 3,532 Posts
    Here are 6 I have on vinyl, Blue Note is pretty hard to find (let alone for cheap) down here on vinyl. I have shitloads on CD & love the label. It's virtually impossible for me to choose 10, it's more like 100.


  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts
    so many, for so many different reasons, but you said ten, so, in no order:

    eric dolphy - out to lunch
    Kenny Dorham - una mas
    John Coltrane - blue trane (duh)
    Kenny Burrell - midnight blue (afterparty vibes with ray barretto on conga)
    Donald Byrd - a new perspective (voices are so kind)
    Jackie McLean - one step beyond (along with Joe Henderson, some of the swingingist outside stuff)
    Lee Morgan - Search for the new land
    Joe Henderson - mode for Joe (caribbean fire dance!!!)
    Wayne Shorter - JuJu (so good I named my cat after it)
    Sam Rivers - Involution (a 70s collection of an unreleased Andrew Hill session with Rivers where Hill explores six elements of the human condition: violence, pain, illusion, hope, lust and desire)


    so many others.

  • ReynaldoReynaldo 6,054 Posts
    John Coltrane - Blue Train

    Dexter Gordon - GO

    Donald Byrd - Free Form

    Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage

    Wayne Shorter - The Soothsayer

    Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue

    Horace Silver - Song For My Father

    Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces

    Lonnie Smith - Spinning Wheel

    Reuben Wilson - Blue Mode

  • ReynaldoReynaldo 6,054 Posts

    6. Reuben Wilson "Blue Mode"
    i heard Reynaldo
    likes paid out the ass for that one. And add "The Phantom" to my list, too. that record rules.
    It's only a lot of money if you are poor.

  • ilkkailkka 31 Posts
    Blue note LPs that I have liked the most during the past weeks:














  • 6. Reuben Wilson "Blue Mode"
    i heard Reynaldo
    likes paid out the ass for that one. And add "The Phantom" to my list, too. that record rules.
    It's only a lot of money if you are poor.
    How much are we talking?


    i hear this one is incredible, i've yet to hear it though

  • DJPrestigeDJPrestige 1,710 Posts
    in no particular order:

    lee morgan- the sidewinder
    grant green- green st.
    reuben wilson- love bug
    john patton- blue john
    grant green- alive!
    jimmy mcgriff- electric funk
    brother jack mcduff- moon rappin
    lonnie smith- live at club mozambique
    hank mobley- soul station
    brother jack mcduff- down home style

  • GNZGNZ 68 Posts
    I thought I knew most of the blue note titles, but there has already been many mentioned that I have never seen. I'm glad I will continue to discover these jewels for years to come.
    Some of my favorites:

    Sonny Clark--Cool Struttin
    Eric Dolphy--Out To Lunch
    Freddie Hubbard--Blue Spirits
    Mccoy Tyner--The Real Mccoy (JOE HENDERSON IS EVERYWHERE AND FOR GOOD REASON)
    (SERIOUSLY, THINK ABOUT IT--HE WAS A SESSION REGULAR FOR BLUE NOTE AND THEN CTI AND RECORDED SOME OF THE GREATEST HARDBOP, FREE JAZZ AND FUSION SAXOPHONE FULL FRONTAL ASSAULT):raw:
    mccoy tyner--tender moments
    Sonny Rollins--Newk's Time
    Tony Williams--Spring
    Thelonious Monk--Monk's Music
    Herbie Hancock-Takin off
    Herbie Hancock--Cantoloupe Island
    Herbie Hancock--Inventions and Dimensions
    Basically EVERYTHING wayne shorter recorded for blue note
    ESPECIALLY super nova, juju, night dreamer and speak no evil.

    Whats up w/that ornette coleman on blue note? I'm very curious...

  • ArtifactorArtifactor 887 Posts


    Shit is . Crazy players on this one. The LP this one is off is pretty sure this 45 is too.

  • ilkkailkka 31 Posts

    i hear this one is incredible, i've yet to hear it though
    It is a very good LP. I suggest that you would buy the CD (or some reissue if you can find one), because the original is almost impossible to find and one of the most expensive jazz records.

  • aleitaleit 1,915 Posts
    some of my favorites:

    Joe Henderson - Page One
    Andrew Hill - Smoke Stack
    Pete La Roca - Basra
    Jackie McClean - Jackie's Bag
    Hank Mobley - Caddy for Daddy
    John Patton - got a Good Thing Goin'
    Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental
    Lee Morgan - Candy
    Larry Young - Contrasts
    Tyrone Washington - Natural Essence
    Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue
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