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Episode 1

In the first of two programmes celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic Blue Note record label, Geoffrey Smith picks favourite tracks from its early years, from Sidney Bechet to Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.

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Sun 23 Nov 2014 00:00

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Music Played

  • Art Blakey


    Performer: Horace Silver. Performer: Kenny Dorham. Performer: Hank Mobley. Performer: Doug Watkins.
    • The Definitive Art Blakey.
    • Verve.
    • 2.
  • Cannonball Adderley

    Dancing in the Dark

    Performer: Sam Jones. Performer: Art Blakey. Performer: Hank Jones.
    • Somethin' Else.
    • AVID.
    • 5.
  • Sonny Clark

    Deep in a Dream

    Performer: Ike Quebec.
    • Leapin' and Lopin'.
    • Blue Note.
    • 2.
  • Sidney Bechet

    Original Dixieland One-Step

    Performer: George "Pops" Foster. Performer: Manzie Johnson. Performer: Jimmy Archey. Performer: Sidney De Paris. Performer: Don Kirkpatrick.
    • Hot Six.
    • Vogue.
    • 1.
  • Sonny Rollins

    Old Devil Moon

    Performer: Elvin Jones. Performer: Wilbur Ware.
    • A Night at the Village Vanguard.
    • Blue Note.
    • 7.
  • Port of Harlem Six

    Mighty Blues

    Performer: Teddy Bunn. Performer: Sid Catlett Quartet. Performer: Johnny Williams. Performer: Frank Newton. Performer: J.C. Higginbotham. Performer: Albert Ammons.
    • Jazz Classics Volume One.
    • Blue Note.
    • 1.
  • Bud Powell

    52nd Street Theme

    Performer: Tommy Potter. Performer: Sonny Rollins. Performer: Fats Navarro. Performer: Roy Haynes.
    • The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1.
    • Blue Note.
    • 4.
  • Thelonious Monk


    Performer: Gene Ramey. Performer: Art Blakey.
    • The Best of Thelonious Monk.
    • Blue Note.
    • 1.
  • Jackie McLean

    Appointment in Ghana

    Performer: Art Taylor. Performer: Paul Chamber. Performer: Kenny Drew. Performer: Tina Brooks. Performer: Blue Mitchell.
    • Jackie's Bag.
    • AVID.
    • 9.
  • Thelonious Monk


    Performer: John Coltrane. Performer: Shadow Wilson. Performer: Ahmed Abdul-Malik.
    • With John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall.
    • Blue Note.
    • 2.