Four Orrin Keepnews Interviews

From YouTube’s JazzVideoGuy Bret Primack, here are four chapters from the Concord Music Group video podcast series “Orrin Keepnews, Producer”.

Chapter 1: “Saint Monk” Pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was the patron saint of Riverside Records, the influential Jazz record label Orrin Keepnews co-founded in the early 50s. In the first installment of a twenty chapter video podcast series, Keepnews talks about meeting Monk, signing him, and producing his Riverside debut, “Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington.”

“The Sound of Sonny” is featured in Episode 2 , where the great Jazz producer talks about meeting Sonny Rollins and producing his first Riverside recording, part of the Concord Music Group’s “Keepnews Collection,” which featured Roy Haynes, Sonny Clark and two bassists, Percy Heath and Paul Chambers.

The third chapter of the podcast series is “Mr. Pulled Together – Clark Terry,” the story of the great trumpeter’s Riverside session, “Serenade to a Bus Seat.”

Finally, Chapter 14 features the 1960 Riverside recording by Wes Montgomery, “The Incredible Jazz Guitar,” with Montgomery, Tommy Flanagan, Percy and Tootie Heath.

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