[Dixielandjazz] Thread: George Wein's Autobiography--"Myself Among Othe...

TCASHWIGG at aol.com TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Thu Sep 25 00:40:42 PDT 2003

In a message dated 9/24/03 2:56:20 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
jbeebe at centurytel.net writes:

> Let us hope that George Avakian will finish his book.  He is the guy
> responsible for so many great recordings, especially the Eddie Condon and
> the mid 1950s Louis Armstrong gems for Columbia.
> I asked George once why Louis Armstrong's Columbia recording's sounded
> better than his Decca recordings ( mid 1950s).  George replied that
> "Columbia hired the best recording engineers in New York."  To me, Louis's
> Decca recordings usually sounded shrill.
Hi Jim and all:

Another Armenian in the American Recording Industry, these folks seemed to 
have a real feel for American Music.

So do the Turks, Ahmet Ertegan and his Brother founded Atlantic Records which 
was responsible for all the Greatest Rhythm & Blues & Soul Recordings, and 
they hired the best producers in the game at the time, like my old idol Jerry 
Wexler, who turned out Aretha Franklin hits and many others for them.

Let us also not forget that almost all drummers play Avedis Zildjen Cymbals 
made by an Armenian from Istanbul, Turkey.


Tom Wiggins

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