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Joe Fields, Exec at Several Key Jazz Labels, Dead at 88

Founder of Muse, HighNote and Savant Records produced hundreds of jazz recordings

Joe Fields, founder of Muse, Savant and HighNote Records

Like so many of the most important figures in jazz, his name wasn’t the one on front of the album cover in large-print type, but usually somewhere on the back, in the credits only the most hardcore fans ever bother to read. Joe Fields, who died July 12 at 88—the cause and place of death have not yet been reported—was instrumental in the formation and/or development of several key jazz record labels, including Cobblestone, Muse and, with his son Barney Fields, the HighNote and Savant labels.

In addition, Fields served in the capacities of executive producer, producer and engineer for hundreds of titles released on the labels he ran.

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