Jazz suffers two heavy losses

Bruce Lundvall died yesterday. A record-biz lifer he rekindled the jazz market in the 1980s by reviving the Blue Note label with such talents as Dianne Reeves, Norah Jones and Bobby McFerrin.

A member of the CBS Masterworks team for two decades until then, he was a music-loving, self-effacing, talent-seeking kind of guy, the best of the old record civilisation. He died of the effects Parkinson’s Disease, aged 79.

 

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On Sunday, Bob Belden suffered a massive coronary and was put on life support.

A former head of A&R at Blue Note, Bob was a versatile saxophonist and prodigious composer who won several Grammys for his Miles Davis reissues.

We hear from close colleagues that a decision was taken today to switch off his life support. Bob was 58.

A whole record culture is slipping away from us.

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  • Robert McCarthy says:

    Norah Jones was born in 1979 and therefore I very much doubt she was signed to Blue Note during the 1980s. Another research triumph. [redacted]

  • Robert McCarthy says:

    I know she was. But your first sentence mistakenly implies she was signed during the 1980s. That’s all.

  • Robert McCarthy says:

    I know she was. But your first sentence mistakenly implies that she was signed during the 1980s. That’s all.

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