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Contemporary musicians take on Blue Note classics for new album project

By | Published on Wednesday 10 June 2020

Jorja Smith

The Universal-owned Decca and Blue Note labels have announced a collaboration, pairing current stars of the jazz, soul and R&B scenes in the UK with classic Blue Note released tracks. Among those set to appear on upcoming album ‘Blue Note Re:imagined’ are Jorja Smith, Ezra Collective, Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia.

Says Blue Note President Don Was: “The music of Blue Note Records owes its enduring relevance to the fact that, throughout its 81 year history, the artists on the label consistently pushed the envelope of contemporary music. ‘Blue Note Re:imagined’ continues that tradition by viewing the label’s legacy through the lens of the UK scene’s most inventive young artists”.

Decca Head Of A&R Rachel Holmberg adds: “‘Blue Note Re:imagined’ celebrates some of this iconic label’s finest jazz recordings, through the eyes of some of today’s finest jazz artists. Many of the artists involved have grown up listening to the legendary Blue Note catalogue and for many it inspired them to get into music in the first place”.

“For Ezra Collective”, she goes on, “who have reimagined Wayne Shorter’s ‘Footprints’, this was the first jazz track the band ever learnt to play together, which makes this record all the more important to share with the world”.

The album will be out on 25 Sep. First single – Jorja Smith’s version of ‘Rose Rouge’ – is out now.