Jazz labels don’t come much more iconic than Blue Note Records, who have just released this app which feels very much like an iPad-based record store. It gathers songs, artwork, photos, videos and articles about Blue Note’s artists and back catalogue, with track samples in the initial free download, and full streams if you subscribe for £1.49 a month.
Blue Note Records, now owned by EMI, was founded in 1939, and rose to prominence as it chronicled the evolving field of bebop, a particular rich strand of modernist jazz that welds the rhythms of R&B, soul and other primarily African-American forms of music with earlier jazz forms.
The label’s roster expanded as jazz grew in America, and boasts greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane along with contemporary talent like vocalist Cassandra Wilson. Beyond music, Blue Note is also famous for its album cover design, notable for a stark, striking approach that uses elegantly tinted black-and-white photography, sleek typefaces and restricted color palettes.
Each month Blue Note will highlight an album, artist, article, or a featured playlist compiled by musicians, journalists, and other jazz experts.
Apple TV owners will delight in the use of AirPlay mirroring and the slideshow feature. Continue to navigate through the app as an animated slideshow displays original session photos of the artist currently playing through your Apple TV.
More features include:
•Access over a thousand songs right now
•New music added monthly
•Dedicate songs to Facebook friends
•Join song discussions
•Detailed liner notes and album info
•Photo galleries and slideshow
•Historic newspaper articles
Whatever your interest in jazz, Blue Note’s app is beautifully packaged and operates smoothly, making it a real pleasure to use. It’s a great introduction to jazz newbies who just want to see what the fuss is all about.