Album of the Week // 19–23 October

Various Artists — Blue Note Re:imagined [Blue Note Records/DECCA]

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Blue Note Re:imagined, a brand new collection of classic Blue Note tracks reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the jazz scene’s most exciting young talents, is out! The full album release comes four months after the album’s first single (Jorja Smith’s fiery version of St Germain’s ‘Rose Rouge’).

The result of a partnership between legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note, Blue Note Re:imagined features a roll call of internationally acclaimed jazz, soul and R&B acts reimagining music originally created by some of the New York label’s most legendary alumni. Alongside Smith’s reworking of Rose Rouge are Nubya Garcia’s take on Joe Henderson, re-imaginations of Donald Byrd by Jordan Rakei, Ezra Collective’s reworking of Wayne Shorter, and Poppy Ajudha tackling Herbie Hancock.

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Shabaka Hutchings

1. Jorja Smith ‘Rose Rouge’ — from St Germain: Tourist (2000)

2. Ezra Collective ‘Footprints’ — from Wayne Shorter: Adam’s Apple (1966)

3. Poppy Ajudha ‘Watermelon Man (Under The Sun)’ — from Herbie Hancock: Takin’ Off (1962)

4. Jordan Rakei ‘Wind Parade’— from Donald Byrd: Places and Spaces (1975)

5. Skinny Pelembe ‘Illusion (Silly Apparition)’ — from Andrew Hill: One for One (1969)

6. Alfa Mist ‘Galaxy’ — from Eddie Henderson: Sunburst (1975)

7. Ishmael Ensemble ‘Search for Peace’ — from McCoy Tyner: The Real McCoy (1967)

8. Nubya Garcia ‘A Shade of Jade’— from Joe Henderson: Mode for Joe (1966)

9. Steam Down feat. Afronaut Zu ‘Etcetera’— from Wayne Shorter: Etcetera (1965)

10. Blue Lab Beats ‘Montara’ — from Bobby Hutcherson: Montara (1975)

11. Yazmin Lacey ‘I’ll Never Stop Loving You’ — from Dodo Greene: My Hour of Need (1962)

12. Fieh ‘Armageddon’ — from Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer (1964)

13. Mr Jukes ‘Maiden Voyage’ — from Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (1965)

14. Shabaka Hutchings ‘Prints Tie’ — from Bobby Hutcherson: San Francisco (1970)

15. Melt Yourself Down ‘Caribbean Fire Dance’ — from Joe Henderson: Mode for Joe (1966)

16. Emma-Jean Thackray ‘Speak No Evil / Night Dreamer’ — from Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964) & Night Dreamer (1964)

Hear a selection of these tracks this week on Morning Mari*! 8:45–9:00 BST every weekday morning. Good Morning World!

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