Dating blue note records
Other companies recorded wonderful performances, but no other had so strong an identity: not only musical but also visual, extending to the design of the photographs on the sleeve.
And no other jazz label remained so faithful to its ideals for so long.
We read them out one by one reliving the memories of our dating years.
But the label continues, under different ownership, to produce notable jazz recordings to this day. Painstaking, too, was the attention to acoustic quality by the preferred Blue Note recording engineer from the mid Fifties, Rudy Van Gelder.
Lion, born in 1909, and Wolff belonged to the first generation of European jazz fans. An ex-optometrist, Van Gelder set up his recording studio in a room in his parent’s house in Hackensack, New Jersey.
There is plenty to celebrate in the anniversary of the birth of Blue Note, 70 years ago.
The foundation of Blue Note was an early sign that jazz was a music with a world audience.