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Yesterday we lost one of the all-time great record execs and classiest A&R men in the biz when, Bruce Lundvall, the former CEO of Blue Note Records and a legendary figure in jazz, passed away in New Jersey at the age of 79. Bruce was famous for his passion for music and for treating musicians and songwriters with the utmost respect during a long and prosperous career. Bruce started out at Columbia Records beginning in 1960, with a move to the Elektra/Musician label in 1982, to ultimately reviving Blue Note Records in 1984 (until stepping down as president in 2010). Bruce worked closely with the label’s earlier roster including legends like Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard and signed new artists ranging from Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, and John Scofield, to Norah Jones, Us3, Terrence Blanchard, and Al Green.
One day in 2008, we cold called Bruce at his office at Blue Note Records and although he was the president of the label, he answered his own phone. We asked him if it would be alright to come over and play him some songs Fiona Apple, Patty Griffin and Madeleine Peyroux had just recorded for a Cy Coleman tribute album and could we get his opinion. For the rest of the afternoon we were in his office listening to tracks, listening to his stories of Cy, the producers and artists he knew through these songs and the projects he was working on and he wondered if he could he send Dianne Reeves over a song or two to consider for her new album. It was an afternoon we’ll never forget.
So, we’re thinking of Bruce and we offer up this week’s top tune in his honor. It’s one of our favorite Cy Coleman ballads with lyrics by Peggy Lee and Bill Schluger and comes from the great vocalist, Dianne Reeves and her 2008 album, When You Know. Thank you sir, you will be dearly missed!
Contact & Licensing info:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman, Bill Schluger) / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing (ASCAP) / contact: email@example.com
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee) / Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP) / contact: http://www.umusicpub.com/licensingrequests.aspx
Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James / firstname.lastname@example.org