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June 2016: Blue Note High Notes
I've always been a Blue Note junkie, so you can imagine my delight when I came across a gorgeous, lavishly-illustrated, 85-dollar slab of a coffee table book called Uncompromising Expression, which charts the history of the label up to the present. Of course I have the two previous books: Blue Note – The Album Cover Art, which gives you what seems like all, or most, of the approximately 500 covers designed by the great Reid Miles in the label's mid-50s – mid-60s Golden Age; and Richard Cook's Blue Note Records: The Biography, which gives you the inside story of the label and its cast of characters. This new tome does a bit (or quite a lot, really) of both, and though it's not as complete as its predecessors put together, it's pretty damn fine, and brings the story up to date.
I'm The Man is now available again on vinyl, thanks to a 180G (Dead Quiet) re-issue pressed by RTI. This new edition has been 100% Analog AAA mastered by Kevin Gray, with beautifully restored cover art printed by Stoughton on heavy stock.
Back by popular demand following his sold out tour last fall, Joe is announcing a new run of summer tour dates across the US and Canada. The tour will again feature Joe, longtime bassist Graham Maby, Teddy Kumpel on guitar, and drummer Doug Yowell.