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date: 14 December 2019

Cuscuna, Michael locked

  • Gary W. Kennedy

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(b Stamford, CT, Sept 20, 1948). Record producer. He played drums, saxophone, and flute in his youth, and during his years in college he began working as a radio announcer and produced his first recording, by George Freeman. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he contributed articles to Down Beat, Jazz & Pop, Rolling Stone, and other periodicals, and from around 1972 to 1974 he was a producer for Atlantic. Thereafter he was active as a freelance. From 1975 to around 1977 and again from 1979 to 1981 he worked for Blue Note, systematically reissuing on LP its back catalogue and some previously unissued recordings. Around 1976 he began to produce sessions for Arista, most notably for its subsidiary Arista/Freedom. He was also responsible for the issue of previously unreleased recordings, in particular those of John Coltrane, for Impulse!, and he produced new sessions for Columbia (notably those of Woody Shaw), Muse (ii), and others, notably material drawn from free-jazz performances and issued as a four-LP set, ...

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