Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note have joined forces for Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand new collection of classic Blue Note tracks brought together for the first time, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the jazz scene’s most exciting young talents today.
Representing a bridge between the ground-breaking label’s past and future, the project will feature contributions from a roll call of internationally acclaimed jazz, soul and R&B acts - Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Mr Jukes, Steam Down, Skinny Pelembe, Emma-Jean Thackray, Poppy Ajudha, Jordan Rakei, Fieh, Ishmael Ensemble, Blue Lab Beats, Melt Yourself Down, Yazmin Lacey, Alfa Mist, and Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith, whose version of St Germain’s Rose Rouge is released today.
The track, for which St Germain originally sampled Marlena Shaw’s Cookin With Blue Note At Montreaux album, takes its cues from classic soul, jazz and reggae and perfectly captures the enduringly relevant Blue Note aesthetic.
“Honoured to be involved on this Blue Note album to rework St Germain’s anthem ‘Rose Rouge’. And with such an array of wonderful musicians on the album, including my brothers Ezra Collective”. - Jorja Smith
“This project means so much to us in Ezra Collective. For us, Blue Note encapsulates everything that jazz is. Everchanging, evermoving with times and always swinging. From Herbie to Wayne, Glasper and Jose James. Across the decades it’s been a constant source of inspiration, so to contribute to that is a dream come true. Footprints was a song we learnt as teenagers, and a song we’ve haven’t left alone since. It felt the perfect opportunity to pay homage to a hero of ours, Wayne Shorter, as well as document the journey we’ve made as a band since then." - Ezra Collective
- Jorja Smith - Rose Rouge
- Ezra Collective - Footprints
- Poppy Ajudha - Watermelon Man (Under The Sun)
- Jordan Rakei - Wind Parade
- Skinny Pelembe - Illusion (Silly Apparition)
- Alfa Mist - Galaxy
- Ishmael Ensemble - Search For Peace
- Nubya Garcia - A Shade Of Jade
- Steam Down - Etcetera Featuring Afronaut Zu
- Blue Lab Beats - Montara
- Yazmin Lacey - I'll Never Stop Loving You
- Fieh - Armageddon
- mr jukes - Maiden Voyage
- Shabaka Hutchings - Prints Tie
- Melt Yourself Down - Carribean Fire Dance
- Emma-Jean Thackray - Speak No Evil / Night Dreamer