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Jan Erik Kongshaug, Master Engineer, Dies at 75

The Norwegian soundsmith was a key figure in the history of ECM Records

Jan Erik Kongshaug
Jan Erik Kongshaug

Jan Erik Kongshaug, a Norwegian guitarist and sound engineer who was essential in the creation of the legendary “ECM Sound” (or “Rainbow Sound”), died November 5 in Oslo, Norway. He was 75.

His death was confirmed by the Oslo daily newspaper Dagsavisen. Cause of death was a chronic lung condition.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.