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Joel Dorn Starts Hyena Records

On Sept. 17, reissues of records by Cannonball Adderley (pictured) and Rashaan Roland Kirk will mark the debut of Hyena Records, a label spearheaded by producer Joel Dorn. Hyena is Dorn’s fourth record label, following his Night Records, 32 Records and Label M. In the past, Dorn’s labels have released both reissues as well as new records by artists like Leon Parker, James Blood Ulmer and the Jazz Passengers.

The first four Hyena releases reissue Night Record’s first albums, now hard-to-find discs that have achieved “minor classic” status: Adderley’s Radio Nights, Roland Kirk’s The Man Who Cried Fire, (and on Oct. 1) Eddie Harris’ A Tale of Two Cities and Les McCann’s Les is More. The defining characteristic of these albums is they were all recorded live without the artists being made aware of the rolling tape. “This is how the music actually went down,” Dorn commented. “It’s a living history of what happened in the clubs on those nights.”

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