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Alan Douglas Productions - United Artists Jazz 1962

All these recordings were produced under the supervision of Alan Douglas while he was running the jazz record division of United Artists Records in 1962. Some years later United Artists Films, the parent corporation, decided to sell off the record company, and its jazz catalog eventually ended up with Blue Note.

Douglas was able to round up an impressive list of talent for one-time-only appearances. By putting Bill Evans together with Jim Hall, and Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach, which yielded two enduring classics, Douglas tried to get a mix of personalities that would create something different from what these musicians were already doing and thereby stand out from the rest of their catalogs.

“That’s how you become a record producer,” Douglas says. “You’re a fan first.”

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