Saturday, July 15, 2017

R.I.P.: Joe Fields (1929-2017)

Founder of such jazz labels as Cobblestone, Muse, HighNote and Savant. Although he was credited as "producer" in some albums, Joe never considered himself a record producer. He was a record executive and label owner who loved jazz, and dedicated his life to promote it.

Hermeto Pascoal's debut album as a leader, "Hermeto", was released in 1971 on Cobblestone, produced by Airto & Flora Purim after Fields' approval. At Muse, Fields signed Dom Um Romao and produced his first solo sessions in the USA, that yielded the albums "Dom Um Romao" and "Spirit Of The Times".

He was also responsible for the very controversial "Donato/Deodato" album, being credited as producer in the second pressing when the album was re-titled "Joao Donato" after a law suit. [George Klabin had been listed as producer in the original vinyl issue.]

He was very important to the careers of Mark Murphy, Charles Earland, Kenny Barron, Grant Green, Cedar Walton, Norman Connors, Houston Person etc.
Below is an e-mail I got today from jazz publicist Jim Eigo: 

"Joe Fields, a driving force in the jazz music business for over 50 years, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. He was 88 years old. 

Joe was born in Jersey City, N.J. in 1929 and raised in Brooklyn. He attended Pershing Jr. HS and Erasmus Hall and was a citywide athlete, winning the prestigious New York Journal American Lou Gehrig award. Joe worked many jobs during his school years, including selling newspapers, pushing a rack in the Garment District, and driving a cab. He played college football at Syracuse and the University of Bridgeport where he was captain of his team his senior year. While attending Bridgeport, he met and married his wife of 66 years, Joan Nancy Boyd.

After graduating from college, Joe had several business ventures but found his calling in the music business. In the late fifties, he began selling records to music stores in Brooklyn. Joe was hired by London Records to pick singles for the United States market. 

He worked for MGM, Verve, Prestige, and Sue Records before becoming the national sales manager at Buddha Records. While at Buddha, Joe started their jazz division, Cobblestone Records. 

He started his own record label when he acquired Cobblestone from Buddha and renamed it Muse Records. From 1973 to 1996, Muse created nearly 30 years of successful jazz recordings featuring artists such as Pat Martino, Houston Person, Cedar Walton, Charlie Earland, Larry Coryell, Woody Shaw, and many others. The label was nominated for various jazz music awards and won two Grammys. During the mid 80's Joe acquired both the Savoy and Landmark Records labels. Savoy was a seminal jazz company with recordings by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, and other influential stars of the early years of the Bebop era.

In 1997, Joe, and his son Barney, launched HighNote and Savant Records. This started another legacy that continues to this day. Performers who have thrived on the label include such notable musicians as Kenny Burrell, Houston Person, Wallace Roney, Eric Alexander, Freddy Cole, Tom Harrell, Russell Malone, and others who continue to release new jazz recordings.

Joe was a founding member of the Police Boys Club Lacrosse program in Manhasset, New York. He was one of the founders of the Manhasset Lacrosse "Day of Champions" where both college and high school teams continue to play in this yearly event. In recognition of his many contributions to lacrosse, Joe was one of the inaugural inductees in the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Joe joined the Manhasset Gentleman Joggers at its inception in the 1960’s, running in everything from Sunday jogs and 5K's to half marathons. He enjoyed many years of friendly competition with a wide group of friends.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Nancy Fields, four children; Christine Jenne (Richard), Suzanne Fields, Laura Tralongo, Barney Fields, grandchild Allison Passero (Julius), and a great grandson, Julius Passero III.

Funeral Arrangements:
Sunday, July 16, 2017
3:00-5:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm
Fairchild & Sons Funeral Chapel
1570 Northern Blvd.
Manhassett, NY 11030
(516) 627 - 2000

R.I.P.: Steve Getz (1948-2017)

(born on October 28, 1948; died on July 11, 2017)

Known as "Stan Getz's son", Steve actually did a lot for jazz, besides preserving his father's legacy.

I saw him for the first time when he toured Brazil playing percussion on Stan's band, in the mid-70s.

Much later, in 1985, he got in touch with me because Steve wanted to book Luiz Bonfa for an engagement at the Fat Tuesday's club, in NY, for which he was working. Bonfa liked Stan (he had been the first Brazilian musician to play and record with the legendary tenorist) and loved Steve.

So, a miracle happened and Bonfa, famous for avoiding performances in jazz clubs, accepted the invitation and did a series of sold-out "concerts" (we couldn't call a Bonfa performance "a gig"...) at Fat Tuesday's, backed by Nilson Matta on bass, Waltinho Anastacio on percussion, plus guests Yana Purim and Octavio Burnier.

Bev Getz, Steve's sister, has informed esophageal cancer surgery as the cause of his passing.
Rest in Peace.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Anna Mjöll live @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato

The sweetest voice in the current Jazz scene. Period.
Don't miss LA-based Icelandic jazz princess Anna Mjöll leading an all-star sextet @ Herb Alpert's Vibrato in Bel Air next Sunday, July 16.
Call 310.474.9400 for reservations.

"Bossa Nova - Босса Нова" in Russia!

Trying to read the data and liner notes for this first production to release in Russia! "Bossa Nova - Босса Нова" including tracks by Luiz Bonfá, Sergio Mendes, João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Durval Ferreira, Baden Powell, Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd and Coleman Hawkins.

I'm also credited as percussionist on Bonfa's "Batukada" that I (А. де Соутейро) produced in 1991 with Н. Матта (Nilson Matta), П. Мейреллес (Pascoal Meirelles) and
Э. Деонато (Eumir Deodato).

Arnaldo DeSouteiro Back At Work!

Arnaldo DeSouteiro...Back at work! Filming! (actually, being filmed)