[Cover photo: Thad Jones]
Third Man Records and Blue Note Records have announced the 313 Series Partnership, showcasing five milestone albums from the Blue Note catalog representing work recorded by Detroiters (or recorded in the city), specially chosen for re-release by Blue Note Records President, and Detroiter, Don Was.
The 313 Series Partnership will include classic Blue Note titles like Thad Jones’ Detroit-New York Junction (1956), Donald Byrd’s Electric Byrd (1970), and Elvin Jones’ Genesis (1971), as well as a first-ever vinyl reissue of Kenny Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet’s Multidirection (1969) and a first-ever vinyl release of Grant Green’s Live at Club Mozambique (1971).
All five 180 gram vinyl releases in the Third Man / Blue Note 313 Series Partnership are newly remastered from the original tapes at Third Man’s Detroit mastering and pressing facility, where sound and mastering engineer Warren Defever and the Third Man team worked to ensure the closest possible approximation of the original masters. Exclusive limited-edition color variants will be available via Third Man, Blue Note and at indie record stores, with 313 copies available per variant.
Thad Jones’ Detroit-New York Junction and Donald Byrd’s Electric Byrd will be available on July 21, followed by Elvin Jones’ Genesis and Kenny Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet’s Multidirection on September 22. Finally, Grant Green’s Live At Club Mozambique will be released on November 3, 2023.
Don Was says:
There’s no better way for us to celebrate the abundance of Detroit talent on the Blue Note roster than this 313 collaboration with our hometown brothers and sisters at Third Man Records. Spin your turntables, close your eyes, and listen as the sweet analog sounds of Detroit Jazz roll thru your mind like the cool, clear waters of the River Rouge.
The Partnership says:
The five albums in the Third Man / Blue Note 313 Series Partnership highlight the best of the Motor City – innovative sounds, incredible playing and that inexplicable something you know is real. From the beautiful compositions by Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet to the psychedelic funk of Donald Byrd, it is impossible to pigeonhole the Detroit sound but the current running through these recordings affirm just why the musical legacy from the 313 area code remains beloved around the world.