The Jazz Vinyl Files

18.08.2010 Misc Music #Vinyl

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Ich hab persönlich nichts mit Jazz am Hut, aber ich habe was mit Vinyl am Hut. Und als Vinylliebhaber wird man diese Geschichte über Bill Savory, der zwischen 1936 und 40 alle möglichen legendären Jazzmusiker aufgenommen und die Masterdiscs aufgeboben hat, lieben. Vielleicht komme ich aber auch echt nur so langsam in das Alter für Jazz. You need age for that shit, I think.

Das hier ist eine Schatztruhe für ein paar von Euch, ich liebe „nur“ den Prozess der Vinyl-Rekonstruktion und vor allem das Video dazu: Rescuing a Lost Era of Jazz History: „Between 1936 and 1940, Bill Savory, a studio engineer and jazz fan, recorded about 1,000 discs of live performances of leading jazz bands. An audio engineer is now cleaning and restoring the music.“

This year the National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired the entire set of nearly 1,000 discs, made at the height of the swing era, and has begun digitizing recordings of inspired performances by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan, Harry James and others that had been thought to be lost forever. Some of these remarkable long-form performances simply could not fit on the standard discs of the time, forcing Mr. Savory to find alternatives. The Savory Collection also contains examples of underappreciated musicians playing at peak creative levels not heard anywhere else, putting them in a new light for music fans and scholars.

“Some of us were aware Savory had recorded all this stuff, and we were really waiting with bated breath to see what would be there,” said Dan Morgenstern, the Grammy-winning jazz historian and critic who is also director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. “Even though I’ve heard only a small sampling, it’s turning out to be the treasure trove we had hoped it would be, with some truly wonderful, remarkable sessions. None of what I’ve heard has been heard before. It’s all new.”

Museum Acquires Storied Trove of Performances by Jazz Greats (via Retro Thing)