A great look at a great year for jazz on record – material either recorded or issued by producer Alan Douglas during the 1962 period he was heading up jazz releases for United Artists
Records! The label's now part of the Blue Note catalog, hence the title – but back in the day, Douglas' touch made United Artists
one of the most creative outlets for jazz – a label that easily rivaled Impulse or Candid for groundbreaking, high-quality material! Some of the cuts weren't recorded by Douglas, but just issued during his tenure – thanks to his determination – and together, the collection gives us a great look at his legacy in jazz, with titles that include "El Matador" by Kenny Dorham, "I Can't Get Started" by Charles Mingus, "Taste Of Honey" by Oliver Nelson, "Say What" by Ken McIntyre, "Brazil" by Herbie Mann, "Just Friends" by John Coltrane, "Rendezvous" by Oliver Nelson & Phil Woods, "Three Blind Mice" by Art Blakey, "This Is Always" by Betty Carter, and "My Funny Valentine" by Bill Evans & Jim Hall.