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Record Restorer John R.T. Davies Dies

John R.T. Davies, one of the top sound restoration engineers of vintage jazz recordings, died of cancer on May 25, 2004 at his home in Buckinghamshire, England. He was 77.

Davies’ respected and highly sought after work includes the superbly remastered editions of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, the various Bix Beiderbecke compilations titled Bix Restored, the complete recordings of blues diva Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington’s British Connexion 1933-1940, and a seemingly endless list of 1920s-’50s recordings by artists like Count Basie, Sidney Bechet, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Fletcher Henderson.

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