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Blue Note Records discography

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This is the discography of Blue Note Records, the American jazz record label. Most of the records were studio recordings produced by Alfred Lion or Francis Wolff. The two main series were '1500', which ran from 1955 to 1958, and '4000', which ran c.1958 to 1972. The 'BN-LA' series followed during the 1970s: this series contained many compilations and reissues in addition to new studio albums.

Main series

1500 series

Blue Note made the switch to 12" LPs late in 1955. The Modern Jazz Series (see the 5000 series below) continued with the following 12" LPs. Many of these were issued in both monaural versions (BLP series) and stereo versions (BST 81500 series), sometimes in electronically rechanneled stereo. In certain cases, the stereo versions of recordings from 1957 onwards only appeared many years later. Beginning in 1956 with BLP 1509, Reid Miles designed most of the Blue Note LP covers. The 1500 series has been systematically reissued by Toshiba-EMI in Japan ("Blue Note Works 1500" series, 20-bit 88.2 kHz CDs); the catalog numbers are TOCJ-1501, etc. In addition, originally unissued material from these dates was made available on Toshiba's 1600 series (20-bit 88.2 kHz CDs).

4000 series

The Modern Jazz Series continued into the 1970s with the LPs listed below. Many were issued in both monaural versions (BLP series) and stereo versions (BST 84000 series). Beginning with 4258 all subsequent LPs (with three exceptions: 4263, 4264, and 4265) were issued only in stereo. Most of the first 300 numbers of the 4000 series have been reissued by Toshiba-EMI in Japan ("Blue Note Works 4000" series); the catalog numbers are TOCJ-4###

BN-LA series

12" LP's issued during the 1970s using the numbering sequence of parent company United Artists Records with an extra prefix. The suffix is a code for the list price of the album and whether it is a two-disc set. In this series there are many reissues from earlier series, "Best of" albums, live albums and compilations, as well as new studio albums.

LT series

After EMI acquired United Artists Records, Blue Note LPs continued to appear with catalog numbers taken from the main numbering sequence of UA and its successor, the revived Liberty Records. This is effectively a continuation of the BN-LA series without UA's letter codes. Albums in this series appeared in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


Series of new studio albums as well as a few reissues released c.1985-87, following Blue Note's reestablishment.

Other series


These CDs make available originally unissued material from the sessions from the 1500 series. They were manufactured by Toshiba-EMI and use 20-bit, 88.2 kHz recording technology.

5000 series

The Blue Note Modern Jazz Series began late in 1951 with the following 10" monaural LPs. Some of these LPs were later reissued as part of the Blue Note 1500 Series of 12" LPs. At first, recordings were made in various studios in New York (Reeves Sound Studio, WOR Studios, Apex Studios, Audio Video Studios). Beginning in October 1953, however, most Blue Note sessions took place in Rudy Van Gelder's home studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. The sessions were produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Van Gelder, and many LP covers featured photographs by Lion's partner in Blue Note Francis Wolff.

7000 series

The 'traditional series' of 10" LPs consisted of new recordings and reissues of material from the 78 era. Some of this material was repackaged in the short-lived 1200 series of 12" LPs.

  • BLP 7001: Sidney Bechet's Blue Note Jazzmen with "Wild Bill" Davison
  • BLP 7002: Sidney Bechet - Jazz Classics, Vol. 1
  • BLP 7003: Sidney Bechet - Jazz Classics, Vol. 2
  • BLP 7004: Art Hodes and His Chicagoans - The Best in 2 Beat
  • BLP 7005: Art Hodes' Hot Five with Sidney Bechet and "Wild Bill" Davison
  • BLP 7006: Art Hodes' Blue Note Jazz Men - Dixieland Jubilee
  • BLP 7007: Edmond Hall / Sidney DeParis - Jamming in Jazz: Hall-DeParis' Blue Note Jazz Men
  • BLP 7008: Sidney Bechet / Bunk Johnson - Days Beyond Recall
  • BLP 7009: Sidney Bechet and His Blue Note Jazz Men with "Wild Bill" Davison
  • BLP 7010: George Lewis and His New Orleans Stompers, Vol. 1 - Echoes of New Orleans
  • BLP 7011: James P. Johnson - Rent Party
  • BLP 7012: James P. Johnson's Blue Note Jazzmen - Jazz Band Ball
  • BLP 7013: George Lewis and His New Orleans Stompers, Vol. 2 - Echoes of New Orleans
  • BLP 7014: Sidney Bechet's Blue Note Jazzmen with "Wild Bill" Davison, Vol. 2
  • BLP 7015: Art Hodes' Hot Seven with Max Kaminsky and Bujie Centobie - Dixieland Clambake
  • BLP 7016: Sidney DeParis' Blue Note Stompers with Jimmy Archey and Omer Simeon
  • BLP 7017: Albert Ammons Memorial Album - Boogie Woogie Classics
  • BLP 7018: Meade Lux Lewis - Boogie Woogie Classics
  • BLP 7019: Pete Johnson - Boogie Woogie Blues and Skiffle
  • BLP 7020: The Fabulous Sidney Bechet and His Hot Six with Sidney DeParis
  • BLP 7021: Art Hodes' Back Room Boys - Out of the Back Room
  • BLP 7022: Sidney Bechet - Port of Harlem Six
  • BLP 7023: Mezz Mezzrow and His Band Featuring Lee Collins and Zutty Singleton
  • BLP 7024: Sidney Bechet - Jazz Festival Concert, Paris 1952, Vol. 1
  • BLP 7025: Sidney Bechet - Jazz Festival Concert, Paris 1952, Vol. 2
  • BLP 7026: Dixie by the Fabulous Sidney Bechet
  • BLP 7027: George Lewis and His New Orleans Stompers, Vol. 3
  • BLP 7028: George Lewis and His New Orleans Stompers, Vol. 4
  • BLP 7029: Sidney Bechet - Olympia Concert, Paris 1954, Vol. 1
  • BLP 7030: Sidney Bechet - Olympia Concert, Paris 1954, Vol. 2 (not released)


Only two albums were released in this series:



  • Cook, Richard. Blue Note Records: A Biography. ISBN 1-932112-10-3.
  • Cuscuna, Michael & Michel Ruppli. The Blue Note Label: A Discography. ISBN 0-313-31826-3 [2nd ed 2001]
  • Marsh, Graham & Glyn Callingham. Blue Note: Album Cover Art. ISBN 0-8118-3688-6.
  • Marsh, Graham Blue Note 2: The Album Cover Art: The Finest in Jazz Since 1939. ISBN 0-8118-1853-5 [US edition]
  • Wolff, Francis et al. Blue Note Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff. ISBN 0-7893-0493-7.
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