In the second decade of the new millennium, Zev Feldman has become the most important producer in the field of archival jazz recordings. He made his reputation with the Resonance and Elemental labels by finding great lost music and publishing it in classy packages. These two albums by Cannonball Adderley and Etta Jones are Feldman productions and the “co-inaugural” releases of a new archival label, Reel to Real.
Through the 1970s, the Left Bank Jazz Society presented Sunday concerts at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore. A self-trained engineer named Vernon Welsh recorded hundreds of shows at the ballroom on his Akai home tape deck. Material from Welsh’s enormous repository has been released before, on labels like Hyena and Uptown. A second cache of Left Bank tapes was discovered in a Society member’s closet in 2016. It included an Etta Jones concert from February 27, 1972. Feldman pounced.