Third Man Records has announced a partnership with iconic jazz label Blue Note Records to release the “313 Series,” a collection of vinyl re-releases of music with strong connections to Detroit.
Five albums from Blue Note artists who are either Detroiters or recorded their music in Detroit have been handpicked by Blue Note president, native Detroiter and host of WDET’s Don Was Motor City Playlist, Don Was.
The collection will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl at Third Man’s Cass Corridor pressing plant. The first releases in the “313 Series” are Thad Jones’ Detroit-New York Junction and Donald Byrd’s Electric Byrd, and will be available starting July 21. Elvin Jones’ Genesis and Kenny Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet’s Multidirection drop September 22, and Grant Green’s Live At Club Mozambique bookends the series on November 3. Both Third Man and Blue Note are taking preorders now.
“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,” says Was. “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.”
In addition to the regular releases, limited-edition color variants of each album will be available from Third Man, Blue Note and at independent record stores. The color variants are limited to 313 copies each.
Watch the “313 Series” announcement video below.
And make sure to listen to the Don Was Motor City Playlist every Friday night at 10 p.m. ET on 101.9 WDET.