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Various Artists: Hommage à Nesuhi

Nesuhi Ertegun

Nesuhi Ertegun never achieved the level of acclaim enjoyed by his older brother, Ahmet, who co-founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947. But it was Nesuhi, who signed on as a partner in ’55, who developed Atlantic’s jazz roster, and what a roster it was: Coltrane, Mingus, Kirk, Coleman, MJQ and so many more. Hommage à Nesuhi is an ambitious attempt at giving Nesuhi Ertegun, who died in 1989, his due.

Produced by disciple Joel Dorn, who passed away while working on the project, the five-CD, limited-edition boxed set covers the range of music Nesuhi Ertegun had a hand in birthing, including not only the above but Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Mose Allison, Herbie Mann, Yusef Lateef, Hank Crawford, Milt Jackson, David “Fathead” Newman and, of course, Ray Charles, whose Atlantic recordings were certainly infused with jazz elements even as they contributed to the very concept of rhythm and blues.

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