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Blue Note Records Announces More Catalogue Deletions

meat axeBlue Note Records sent out an e-mail today announcing more catalogue deletions, on the heels of a similar announcement two weeks ago.  You can view the entire list (which includes titles from a larger family of Blue Note-related labels) at True Blue Music. Warning, folks: it’s a veritable bloodbath. Lots of great Lee Morgan, Tina Brooks, Cannonball Adderley, Jackie McLean, Horace Silver and other fine jazz CDs going the way of the dodo. (And don’t overlook or hesitate to buy, if you’re at all interested, the incredible Herbie Nichols set.)

UPDATE: Over at Organissimo, longtime jazz producer and label owner Chuck Nessa comments:

I suggest a year from now Blue Note and related labels will be gone. Pay attention to ALL titles, not just the deletions. The old EMI model does not work now. The parent company will try to live off copyrights in the future, not physical product. Not cool.

…and another poster offers this report:

In case anyone’s interested in how these titles were chosen, I was told that some outside accounting firm was called in to choose the titles for deletion. The Jazz people were not consulted, which is why some of the cuts seem so odd.

  • SRS

    Thanks for the news (even tho’ it’s bad). This is my first journey to your blog and I will like putting this website on JazzUtah.Net/links. If that’s not all right, let me know; otherwise, I’ll be back.

  • David Brent Johnson

    SRS, please do, and thanks much for the add. Yes, it looks pretty grim on the Blue Note/jazz CD front these days; hopefully they’ll lease to smaller specialty labels like Water and Mosaic for those of us addicted to the physical artifact.

  • Bruno Leicht

    It’s a shame! Lucky am I that I have so many things on LP’s, especially the Herbie Nichols’s, Fats Navarro’s, Thelonious Monk’s etc. … This is kinda mass destruction, isn’t it? Some guys seem to dedicate their lives to destruction. Very sad!

  • Jason

    Does this mean that these deleted titles will be not available in Mp3 format either (iTunes, Amazon, etc.)?

  • David Brent Johnson

    Jason, I believe many of them are available as MP3s at Amazon, and I would imagine they will remain so–but I’ll try to contact Blue Note and find out for sure.

  • Bruno Leicht

    It's a shame! Lucky am I that I have so many things on LP's, especially the Herbie Nichols's, Fats Navarro's, Thelonious Monk's etc. … This is kinda mass destruction, isn't it? Some guys seem to dedicate their lives to destruction. Very sad!

  • public records

    There are many more jazz albums available to them today through import than . part of a minority market and has a large catalog available of Blue Note.

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