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Gene Ludwig: Love Notes of Cole Porter

Like so many other capable jazz musicians, Gene Ludwig made his name regionally but never broke out on a wider basis. A skilled Hammond organist of the Jimmy Smith school, Ludwig was primarily known around Pittsburgh, where he held court at local clubs for much of his half-century in the business. Ludwig’s recording output was relatively sparse: He cut a handful of albums as a leader and appeared on sessions with saxophonist Sonny Stitt and others, but at the time of his 2010 death at age 72, Ludwig was still a relative unknown outside of his domain.

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