After months of teasing, Blue Note Records has finally released Blue Note Re:imagined, collecting contemporary artists’ takes on classics from their catalog.
The compilation opens with Jorja Smith’s smoky take on St Germain’s “Rose Rouge” and Ezra Collective’s rework of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints.” Elsewhere, Alfa Mist, Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Yazmin Lacey, Emma Jean-Thackray and many more leading artists in the UK’s current jazz scene appear. Together, they take on tracks by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson and many more.
In a statement, Blue Note President Don Was said, “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 thru the lens of the UK scene’s most inventive young artists.”
Stream Blue Note Re:imagined below: