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Various Artists - Blue N' Groovy, Vol. 1: Blue Note Connects with the Good Vibes Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 August 1999

Blue and Groovy

Various Artists
format: CD
label: Blue Note
release year: 1999
performance: 8
sound 7
reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano

ImageYeah Baby! Blue and Groovy is a swinging collection of 1960s jazz dance tracks from the label known for "The Finest in Jazz." The songs on Blue and Groovy are incredibly fun. You’ll find far-out jams that combine both excellent ensemble as well as solo performances.
I have to admit that a few of the performers listed with the songs weren’t that familiar to me. Upon digging a little deeper in the liner notes (or you can just use your ears), you’ll find the likes of McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and many others. Some of the best tracks include the familiar "Cantaloupe Island" by Herbie Hancock, which was the melodic inspiration for the 1995 US3 pop hit. Other killers on Blue and Groovy are Stanley Turrentine’s jam "Meat Wave" and Wayne Shorter’s "Tom Thumb."

Sonically, Blue and Groovy is pretty strong, considering that most of the recordings were made in the late 1960s by different artists, at different studios and with different engineers. The mastering makes Blue and Groovy very worthy of lighting up even the most revealing of music playback systems. Blue and Groovy is a stylish record that packs familiar jams into a highly polished product. Everyone, from the staff here at to my friends who have heard my reference music system lately, has said, "This is one cool find of a record."

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