Blue Break Beats Vol. 1-2-3-4

Blue Note released the 4 volumes of Blue Break Beats compilation in the ’90s. The music on Blue Break Beats dates from the late ’60s and early ’70s, when a large portion of Blue Note’s soul-jazz artists began experimenting with funk and rock, creating dense electric fusions that concentrated on rhythm, not improvisation. None of this music has ever received much critical praise from jazz purists, but in the late ’80s and early ’90s, scores of hip-hop and dance DJs discovered these old records and began sampling the original tracks to use in new rap and dance songs. This jazz-rap-funk fusion had become hip and profitable, which led Blue Note to assemble the Blue Break Beats compilations.

Blue Break Beats


01. Richard Groove Holmes – Grooving With Mr G
02. Grant Green – Sookie Sookie
03. Lou Donaldson – Who’s Making Love
04. Donald Byrd – Weasil
05. Eddie Henderson – Kudu
06. Bobbi Humphrey – Harlem River Drive
07. Jimmy McGriff – Blue Juice
08. Grant Green – The Final Comedown
09. Lou Donaldson – Turtle Walk
10. The Three Sounds – Your Love Is Too Much
11. Donald Byrd – Blackjack
12. Herbie Hancock – Olilloqui Valley

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Blue Break Beats Vol. 2


01. Donald Byrd – Street Lady
02. Bobbi Humphrey – Jasper Country Man
03. Eddie Henderson – Kumquat Kids
04. Gene Harris – Higga Boom
05. Reuben Wilson – Orange Peel
06. Jimmy McGriff – The Worm
07. Lou Donaldson – The Caterpillar
08. Grant Green – Ain’t It Funky Now
09. Bobby Hutcherson – Ummh
10. Blue Mitchell – Good Humour Man
11. Donald Byrd – Beale Street
12. Gerald Wilson – Viva Tirado

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Blue Break Beats Vol. 3


01. Cannonball Adderley – Walk Tall
02. Lou Rawls – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
03. Lou Donaldson – Ode to Billie Joe
04. Reuben Wilson – Sho’ Nuff Melon
05. Jeremy Steig – Howling for Judy
06. Shirley Bassey-The Doors – Light My Fire
07. Lou Donaldson – It’s Your Thing
08. The 3 Sounds – Put on Train
09. Gene Harris – Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey
10. Donald Byrd – (Fallin’ Like) Dominoes
11. Ronnie Foster – Mystic Brew
12. Joe Williams-Thad Jones – Get Out of My Life Woman
13. Duke Pearson – Ground Hog
14. Jackie McLean – Soul

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Blue Break Beats Vol. 4


01. Gene Harris – Prelude
02. David Axelrod -Holy Thursday
03. The 3 Sounds – Sittin’ Duck
04. Buddy Rich – The Beat Goes On
05. Bob Dorough – Three Is a Magic Number
06. Banbara – Shack Up, Pt. 1-2
07. Sons – Boomp Boomp Chomp
08. Monk Higgins – Little Green Apples
09. Herbie Hancock – Bring Down the Birds
10. Ike & Tina Turner – Whole Lotta Love
11. The 3 Sounds – Repeat After Me
12. Eddie Henderson – Inside You
13. Marlena Shaw – Woman of the Ghetto
14. Paul Nero -This Is Soul

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11 Responses to “Blue Break Beats Vol. 1-2-3-4”

  1. halfthetime says:

    huge thanks, never knew these existed

  2. frank says:

    These were great the first time round, and a great reminder to give ‘em another whirl! Thanks…

  3. Kurt says:

    notice that lou donaldson gets five outings on these four albums, saw him live here in dubilin, ireland, and he really can get a groove on. Keep on keepin on Lou. And thanks.

  4. terebi-kun says:

    These were my introduction to the universe of sampling and “digging” (those Us3 and Dee-Lite flips…). Great listening all around.

  5. MDA says:

    The mediafire link for CD4 is not working for me.

  6. Kurt says:

    Hey MDA, sometimes I have problems downloading from mediafire by clicking on the link, so what I do is right click the link and save target as, that seems to do it for me.

  7. voodoo_child says:

    yea lou a soul jazz legend

  8. Luna says:

    Huge thanks!
    Been looking for these for a while now. Great sunday morning jams.

  9. oldhippierick says:

    Thanks #3 CD had eluded me for years so now I have them all (but still on the hunt for CD in local)

  10. lazy cat says:

    =) lovely music… many thanks!

  11. Luis says:

    Just Awesome! Thanks a lot!

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