- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: August 31, 1999
- Label: Blue Note Records
Q - 7/99, p.1293 stars (out of 5)
- "...A record which demonstrates how rock acts nick from jazz....Notably, however, this 'is' a jazz record and not Jamiroquai or Sade pretending."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Song For My Father - Horace Silver
- 2.Blue Train - John Coltrane
- 3.Moanin' - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
- 4.Blues Walk - Lou Donaldson
- 5.Autumn Leaves - Miles Davis / Cannonball Adderley
- 6.Sidewinder - Kenny Burrell
- 7.Midnight Blue, The - Lee Morgan
- 8.Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
- 9.Amen - Donald Byrd
- 10.Born to Be Blue - Grant Green / Ike Quebec
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3
- 2.Turnaround, The - Big John Patton
- 3.Greasy Granny - Charlie Hunter Trio
- 4.Back at the Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith / Stanley Turrentine
- 5.Soy Califa - Dexter Gordon
- 6.Girl From Ipanema, The - Eliane Elias
- 7.Thinkin' About Your Body - Bobby McFerrin
- 8.Tupelo Honey - Cassandra Wilson
- 9.At Last - Dianne Reeves / Lou Rawls
- 10.Because I Love You - Richard Elliot
Includes liner notes by Michael Cuscuna.
This is part of Virgin's Best... Ever! series.
Lyricist: Jimi Hendrix.
Personnel: Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Lee Morgan (trumpet).
Liner Note Author: Michael Cuscuna.
The Best Blue Note Album in the World Ever may boast a silly title, but it's hard to argue with what's on this double-disc sampler. Not all of the label's greatest artists are here, but everything is representative, showing how hard bop like John Coltrane's "Blue Train" and Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" coexisted with soul-jazz from Grant Green ("Born to Be Blue"), Jimmy Smith ("Back at the Chickenshack"), and Horace Silver ("Song for My Father"). It is true that US3's "Cantaloop" sounds distinctly out of place here and that the latter-day stuff, no matter how good it is, isn't quite as magical as the classic era, but there's no denying that The Best Blue Note Album in the World Ever provides a lot of bang for the buck. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine