It’s a Jazz thing – Inside the Blue Note ‘Tone Poet Series’

How jazz can help you get through a pandemic


There’s a lovely clip of, legendary jazz pianist, Herbie Hancock talking about a show in Stuttgart with Miles Davis:

Miles is in the middle of one of his incredible trumpet solos, during a version of “So What”. Suddenly, Herbie plays completely the “wrong” chord on the piano. Horrified by his mistake, Herbie stops playing and holds his head in his hands. After hearing it, Miles pauses his solo for a split second, then completely changes course – playing notes which make Herbie’s “wrong” notes sound right.

“Miles didn’t hear it as a mistake, he heard it as something that happened, just an event, and so that was part of the reality of what was happening at that moment, and he dealt with it”. 

Hancock says this had a profound effect on him, on how he viewed music and life:

“ We can look for the world to be as we’d like it to be – make it easy for me! – the important thing is that we can grow, and the only way we can grow is to have a mind that is open enough to experience situations as they are, and turn them into medicine. Take whatever situation you have, and make something constructive happen with it. That’s what I learned from that situation with Miles.”

Hopefully, we can all learn from the jazz maestro and apply the same positive mindset to this pandemic. 


Hank Mobley and his tenor sax
Hank Mobley and his tenor sax

Blue Note Tone Poet Series LPs

We have a great selection of the ‘Tone Poet Series’ in the shop. This series has superior LP mastering (direct from the original analogue master tapes), pressed onto 180gm audiophile vinyl, and presented in a deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Our current favourite is Duke Ellington – Money Jungle 

This classic album, recorded in New York 1962, features three titans of jazz: Duke Ellington (piano), Charlie Mingus (bass) & Max Roach (drums).

Limited edition & only available in-store

The film below is a great insight into the production of these must-have reissues:

Duke Ellington - Money Jungle - Tone Poet

Blue Note Records have just released details of more LPs in the series. Which are due between March 2021 through to Spring 2022.

We’ll be sure to get some highlights in stock, from the list below:

Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series releases:

12th March 2021

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels — Tone Poem

7th May 2021

Dexter Gordon — One Flight Up

Andrew Hill — Passing Ships

4th June 2021

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers — The Witch Doctor

Curtis Amy & Dupree Bolton — Katanga!

9th July 2021

Sonny Clark — My Conception 

McCoy Tyner — Expansions

6th August 2021

Lee Konitz & Gerry Mulligan — Lee Konitz Plays With The Gerry Mulligan Quartet

Wayne Shorter — The All Seeing Eye 

10th September 2021

Joe Pass — For Django

Stanley Turrentine — Rough ‘N Tumble

8th October 2021

Sonny Red — Out of the Blue

Grant Green — The Latin Bit 

5th November 2021

Hank Mobley — Curtain Call 

Jackie McLean — Tippin’ The Scales 

3rd December 2021

Gerald Wilson — Moment of Truth 

Freddie Hubbard — Breaking Point! 

7th January 2022

Kenny Burrell — Kenny Burrell 

Grant Green — Feelin’ The Spirit

4th February 2022

Harold Vick — Steppin’ Out 

Bobby Hutcherson — Stick Up! 

4th March 2022

Chet Baker & Art Pepper — Picture of Heath 

Blue Mitchell — Bring It Home To Me 

1st April 2022

Donald Byrd — At The Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1

ScoLoHoFo (Scofield-Lovano-Holland-Foster) — Oh!


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