The Gentle Genius Behind the Greatest Jazz Label: Alfred Lion and Blue Note

February 4, 2015 9:02 PM

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Monday was the anniversary of Alfred Lion's death in 1987. The founder of Blue Note - the greatest jazz label of all time - Lion produced some nine hundred records, including Thelonious Monk's first recordings. As I shamelessly promote my book, In The Groove, which features one of the most comprehensive interviews Lion ever gave, I should note that he never took a production credit.

"Whenever you have a Blue Note in your hand," he told me, "and you don't see my name on it, that's the one I made."

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