jazz men remembered …

 

Tommy LiPuma – Works

It is already 2 years ago, since producer and music man Tommy LiPuma passed and to remember his incredible contribution to todays popular music and jazz, Warner Music Japan has put together a 3 CD box set with a total of 45 tracks from the records LiPuma produced. The set combines tracks from the various labels he worked for during his career: Liberty, A&M, Blue Thumb, Warner, Elektra, GRP and Verve, as well as some independent productions and are including artists like George Benson, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks, Joao Gilberto, The O’Jays (which delivered his first hit in 1965), Randy Crawford, Brenda Russell, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Dr. John, Randy Newman, Jimmy Scott, Michael Bublé, Paul McCartney and Diana Krall, to name just a few. A touching foreword by Gill LiPuma and photographs of Tommy in the studio make this a special set to remember one of the most important producers of our time and for me personally it is a chance to recall the wonderful moments I had with the gentle music lover that was Tommy LiPuma. I surely hope that this set will be made available for music lovers around the world – Tommy and the amazing music he was part of creating, deserve that.

 

David Sinclair, 1935 – 2019

If you go to see a band at Ronnie Scott’s in London, don’t miss the chance to have a closer look at the jazz portraits which decorate the room – most of these stunning photographs have been taken over the years by photographer extraordinaire David Sinclair, who passed away earlier this month. David was part of Ronnie’s in many ways, taking a lot of his over 5000 artists portraits there, but he could as well be found at jazz concerts in other venues like the Barbican, where he took below picture of me in 2010, backstage at a gig by Dee Dee Bridgewater. As we had done so often during the years I when was living in London, we had a chat about the music we passionately were involved in and unknowingly to me, he had a bit later taken this photo. A few days after the concert a letter from David arrived at my office, with the picture in it – a wonderful gesture of a truly kind gentleman. He will be missed, but his outstanding portraits of the jazz artists of our time will be a witness of his art for many years to come. R.I.P.

Kiyoshi Koyama, 1936 – 2019

Koyama-san was one of the leading Japanese jazz writers and led the world-famous magazine Swing Journal for many years. Beside that he was a radio DJ and an excellent researcher and compiler, even producer of jazz recordings. His outstanding work for Mercury putting together substantial box sets, especially of Dinah Washington, gave him the nickname ‘Boxman’. I had the pleasure of meeting this humble man on a trip to Japan in the early 90’s and was amazed by his passion for and knowledge of jazz. He played a very important role in making jazz known in Japan and in bringing some historical recordings to a wider audience. He will be missed – not only in Japan.

 

 

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