Blue Note Jazz albums had an air of coolness to them. They don’t make albums like they used to. The art came at you unlike the trappings of a small CD cover. The imaginative concepts really grabbed your imagination. Here is a vault of online Blue Note album cover art defining a great period of some of the best Jazz music of the 20th century. See more>>
Historically, Blue Note has principally been associated with the “hard bop” style of jazz (mixing bebop with other forms of music including soul, blues, rhythm and blues and gospel). Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd and Grant Green were among the label’s leading artists, but almost all the important musicians in postwar jazz recorded for Blue Note on occasion, albeit most often only once.