I'm still waiting for you to tell us officially that you're Bob Fine's
Tom Fine wrote:
> I can speak a little bit to Mercury's historic preferences for studios for
> jazz sessions. That doesn't mean that all sessions done in these cities were
> done only at these studios, but these were the main players.
> For New York: Fine Sound (1953-1956), Capitol NYC, Nola Penthouse Studio,
> Fine Recording (1958-1971 but Mercury probably made their last jazz session
> there in 1964), A&R from the early 60's onward, Bell Sound during their hot
> period (early 60s), and probably a couple or a few at Olmstead. For Los
> Angeles: Radio Recorders early on and then Capitol and later Bill Putnam's
> studios. For Chicago: almost all at Putnam's Universal Studios.
> For Verve, Norman Granz did most of his NYC mid-50's studio work at Fine
> Sound and some at Fine Recording before he sold to MGM. He also did a lot of
> work at Fulton Sound (might be officially called Fulton Studios) and did
> some late 50's and very early 60's work at Olmstead (that fantastic-sounding
> Buddy Rich album "Blue Caravan") and Capitol NYC and Nola. In California,
> Granz did all or most work at Radio Recorders. I'm not totally sure who all
> he used for live engineers but I know my father did some of the early Jazz
> at the Philharmonic concert recordings in NY. In the late 40's and early
> 50's, Granz worked at Reeves Studios NYC. Come to think of it, there are
> some Verve albums up into the 50's done at Reeves also.
> >From what I see on Verve reissue discs, there seem to be large gaps in the
> documentation. Yet, as of the time that MGM was reissuing Verve on
> budget-priced LPs, they usually had studio info and even the engineer's name
> listed. And of course this info was listed on every Mercury jazz album for a
> while, which particularly irks me when I see a reissue CD with wrong info.
> Surely someone at the record company could just look at the LP jacket image
> on the Japanese website (many if not most Mercury jazz LPs jacket images are
> up there) if they have questions or doubts! In the case of the Impulse
> albums, many of those covers are full of studio photographs, and many of the
> engineers' names are listed so just a little sleuthing would turn up the
> full info.
> -- Tom Fine