[JPL] The travesty of American Masters' Atlantic Records story.....

davispro at nyc.rr.com davispro at nyc.rr.com
Thu May 3 14:55:56 EDT 2007

I can't agree more with you Arturo.  We are in such an odd CATCH 22 in AMERICA, the birthplace of jazz, where we see the music lose popularity because it isn't promoted and it can't get promoted because it isn't popular enough.  This is maddening!
I don't mind being an underdog and even relish being part of "the underground" for the most part, but to have spent most of my career promoting jazz in every way I can it makes one lose heart sometimes.  
I've heard so many Jazz musicians, including the late Herbie Mann (an Atlantic recording artist), tell me that if it weren't for Asia and Europe they wouldn't be able to make a living.  Maybe the "great American artform" truly is more popular there than here and the "Catch 22" I'm talking about is a big part of that problem.
Russ Davis

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Arturo <arturo893 at qwest.net> 
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2007 2:14 pm 
Subject: [JPL] The travesty of American Masters' Atlantic Records story..... 
To: "jazzproglist at jazzweek. com" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com> 

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> Last night I stayed up until 2am so that I wouldn't have to wait 
> to see the 
> debut of PBS American Masters' Atlantic Records and Ahmet 
> Ertegun's story, I 
> had an earlier commitment so I recorded the show and viewed it 
> when I 
> arrived home. I thoroughly enjoyed the program chock full of great 
> info,wonderful interviews, rare 1950s footage of several of my 
> favorite RnB 
> groups and more. Ahmet's stories of arriving in NYC in the 1930s 
> as a teen 
> and heading to Harlem's Plantation Club and a house party was 
> profoundlycaptivating, his love of jazz was with him all his life, 
> the film repeatedly 
> mentioned that Ahmet and the under rated Neshui's love of jazz, 
> blues and 
> other Black American music styles was the motivation behind the 
> founding of 
> Atlantic Records. Although I feel they dedicated too much time to 
> the 1970s 
> and beyond corporate Atlantic Records' rock era after Warner 
> Brothers bought 
> them out, I understand that has more appeal than just sticking to 
> RnB and 
> soul, plus since it is more recent it'll attract younger viewers, 
> okay fine. 
> Now here's where I lost it and where I say without reservations 
> that the 
> filmmakers blew it by not including a segment on the jazz side of 
> AtlanticRecords, the name Jon W. Coltrane was not uttered once 
> despite the landmark 
> recordings made by Trane at Atlantic. It is a travesty to depict 
> the history 
> of Atlantic Records and not make reference to, talk about, or 
> indicate to 
> the viewers, especially the neophytes, that Atlantic Records was a 
> force to 
> be reckoned with in the 1960s jazz world, more so when the 
> founders of the 
> label were jazz lovers first and foremost. What were they 
> thinking? If time 
> constraints was an issue, they could've eliminated some of the 
> extensiveBette Midler in the 1970s NYC bathhouses footage. There 
> is no need for me in 
> this forum to elaborate on the importance of the Atlantic Records jazz 
> recordings of the 1960s nor mention the many legendary names that 
> were part 
> of their roster. I was not hoping for and not expecting much 
> coverage of 
> their jazz contributions, but complete omission? Wow, that as bad 
> as Burns' 
> total eradication of the Latinos' role in WW2. 
> Arturo Gómez 
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