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Bob Belden Remembers Jazz Reissue Producer Seth Rothstein

A unique music industry force who believed in jazz to the core

Seth Rothstein

The name Seth Rothstein may not mean that much to the average jazz musician or fan, but his name appears on most of the significant CD reissues that were released from the largest record companies in the world from the early ’90s to this day. His job title was (and still is) a bit obscure as he was listed as a Product Director on most of these CDs and on a few occasions he was also the producer. This generic title was in many ways inadequate to describe what Seth-who passed away May 1-brought to the table.

He was the consummate romantic bohemian, a soulful warrior for jazz who brought a refined taste and elegance to his work that is to this day rarely found in this business called music.

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