Blue Note Records is a jazz label responsible for the birth and proliferation of Hard Bop-a merge of Be-Bop Jazz and other genres of music like blues, gospel and soul. Its peak era was from the late 30's to the late 50's. After which, the label was bought by a new owner who attempted to preserve its original integrity. The label was daring for several reasons: it was independent; funded by a known communist; and founded/administered by Jewish immigrants that recorded and paid Black musicians. Most of the acts during the peak era were largely lesser known, more obscure or sidemen at the time of their solo debuts.
Blue Note served as their initial introduction to jazz listeners for several artists that went on to have grand careers. Miles Davis played back up for Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock put out his first solo LP, Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Sidney Bechet, Art Blakely and Horace Silver all recorded classic LPs on Blue Note during the peak era.
Blue Note maintained a great roster of artists. Many of them stayed loyal throughout the peak period. Blur Note was unique in that it allowed the artist to have a say in the entire process of making the LP. It had some of the most intriguing LP covers usually black and white photos taken during the actual recording sessions.
Be sure to view: Blue Note-A Story of Modern Jazz for more information on its history and the significant role the label played in shaping modern jazz music during the late 30's to late 50's.