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Orrin Keepnews: Classic Producer of Classics

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This interview was originally published in August 2007. As a city boy who took a liking to jazz music and extended it into a budding career as a journalist, Orrin Keepnews may have inadvertently veered into the record-producing arena that generated classic albums from a wide range of unforgettable artists. Maybe it was a fortunate accident. Maybe fate. Maybe it's a word he uses about others: inevitable. Born in jny: New York City eighty-four ...


Orrin Keepnews' Collection

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"Listen," Orrin Keepnews' no-nonsense delivery tempered by a smile. “I'm 84 years old. I'll take my legacies where I can get them," referring to the Keepnews Collection, a series launched this year by Concord Records. An astonishing study in longevity and ingenuity, the multiple facets and accomplishments of Keepnews' career as label maverick, writer and producer need no rehearsal in these pages. His insight, wit and engagement with the music, its participants and history, so evident in his ...

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