Blue Note Revises “Tone Poet” Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series Schedule

Pandemic-related closures temporarily put Blue Note’s “Tone Poet” series production on hold, but the series resumes on August 28th with the release of three titles: vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson’s first session The Kicker (1963), alto saxophonist Jackie McLean’s It’s Time (1964) and tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson’s The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 (1965).

Of course, the Joe Harley curated “Tone Poet” series launched in 2019 continues with all-analog, 180g audiophile vinyl releases pressed at RTI in Camarillo, California and packaged in deluxe Stoughton Printing “old styl” Gatefold Tip-On jackets. Harley handpicks enduring titles from from the Blue Note catalog along with underrated classics, modern era standouts and albums from other labels under the Blue Note umbrella including Pacific Jazz, United Artists and Solid State.

Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series – Revised 2020 Release Schedule:

August 28

• Bobby Hutcherson – The Kicker (Blue Note, 1963)
• Jackie McLean – It’s Time (Blue Note, 1964)
• Joe Henderson – The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 (Blue Note, 1985)

September 11

• Stanley Turrentine – That’s Where It's At (Blue Note, 1962)

September 25

• Horace Silver – Further Explorations (Blue Note, 1958)
• Jimmy Smith – Prayer Meetin’ (Blue Note, 1963)
• Herbie Hancock – My Point of View (Blue Note, 1963)

October 30

• Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Roots & Herbs (Blue Note, 1961)
• Bobby Hutcherson – Oblique (Blue Note, 1967)
• Duke Pearson – The Phantom (Blue Note, 1968)

November 20

• Donald Byrd – Byrd In Flight (Blue Note, 1960)
• Tina Brooks – The Waiting Game (Blue Note, 1961)
• McCoy Tyner – Tender Moments (Blue Note, 1967)

December 11

• Paul Chambers – Bass On Top (Blue Note, 1957)
• Lee Morgan – The Rajah (Blue Note, 1966)
• John Scofield & Pat Metheny – I Can See Your House From Here (Blue Note, 1993)

Previous Releases:

• Dr. Lonnie Smith – All In My Mind (Blue Note, 2017)
• Duke Ellington – Money Jungle (United Artists, 1962)
• Lee Morgan – The Cooker (Blue Note, 1957)
• Herbie Hancock – The Prisoner (Blue Note, 1969)
• Grant Green – Nigeria (Blue Note, 1962)
• Chet Baker – Chet Baker Sings (Pacific Jazz, 1954-56)
• Stanley Turrentine – Comin’ Your Way (Blue Note, 1961)
• Hank Mobley – Poppin’ (Blue Note, 1957)
• Tina Brooks – Minor Move (Blue Note, 1958)
• Grant Green – Born to Be Blue (Blue Note, 1962)
• Stanley Turrentine – Hustlin’ (Blue Note, 1964)
• Donald Byrd – Chant (Blue Note, 1961)
• Andrew Hill – Black Fire (Blue Note, 1963)
• Kenny Burrell – Introducing Kenny Burrell (Blue Note, 1956)
• Dexter Gordon – Clubhouse (Blue Note, 1965)
• Baby Face Willette – Face To Face (Blue Note, 1961)
• Lee Morgan – Cornbread (Blue Note, 1965)
• Lou Donaldson – Mr. Shing-A-Ling (Blue Note, 1967)
• Joe Henderson – The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 2 (Blue Note, 1985)
• Cassandra Wilson – Glamoured (Blue Note, 2003)
• Gil Evans – New Bottle Old Wine (World Pacific, 1958)
• Sam Rivers – Contours (Blue Note, 1965)
• Chick Corea – Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (Solid State, 1968)
• Wayne Shorter – Etcetera (Blue Note, 1965)

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garyalex's picture

If volume 2 is any indicator, "Joe Henderson – The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1" will be most welcome in my home.

AnalogJ's picture

I have v.2 of this, and it's excellent. This title, as well as the upcoming v.1, was recorded digitally. Regardless, as Michael Fremer says, who cares if it's from digital or analog tape if it sounds great, which it does. Ordinarily I'm an analog guy, but I heartily recommend these titles.

garyalex's picture

I didn't know these albums were sourced from digital. As you said it doesn't matter. When music sounds this good it's just not an issue, at least for me.

garyalex's picture

I didn't know these albums were digitally sourced. As you said it doesn't matter. It's great music recorded and reproduced really well.

shawnwes's picture

To me the Vol 1 orig release seemed a little more 3 dimensional and closer to live than the Tone Poet Vol 2 so it'll be interesting to see how Tone Poet Vol 1 compares to the original Vol 1 release.

Analogue+Fan's picture

They are all good releases, but there are a couple of reissues that stand out because they are very rare to find a good copy.
• - Herbie Hancock – My Point of View (Blue Note, 1963)
• - Wayne Shorter – Etcetera (Blue Note, 1965)
Thanks Blue Note