Blue Note has always been one of America's -- and the world's -- premier jazz labels, bestowing upon us classic platters by such luminaries as Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter. But the past few years have found the label expanding its focus (no doubt to the consternation of jazz purists), releasing albums by hip hop artist Madlib and jazz-influenced rock icon Van Morrison. Now it has gone one step beyond (to quote an old Jackie McLean album title), by signing Al Green, one of the all-time greatest rhythm & blues/soul singers, and issuing his first secular... More >>>