[JPL] DR. GEORGE BUTLER, A&R MAN & RECORD PRODUCER FOR BLUE NOTE IN 1970s,DIES

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DR. GEORGE BUTLER, A&R MAN & RECORD PRODUCER FOR BLUE NOTE IN 1970s,
DIES


APRIL 11. 2008Dr. George Butler passed away Wednesday morning, April 9,
2008, at a hospital in California. He was 71 years old. Butler was an
A&R man and record producer who worked at Blue Note Records throughout
the 1970s, leading the label through a period of great commercial
successes with a series of Jazz-R&B fusion hits from the likes of Donald
Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, Earl Klugh, and Ronnie Laws.

As the label headed into a period of dormancy in the late 70s, Butler
was hired away from Blue Note by Bruce Lundvall, then President of CBS
Records. At CBS, Butler caught on to the ascending neo-traditionalist
movement being led by Wynton Marsalis, bringing the rising trumpet star
to Lundvall's attention. Butler went on to sign many of the other young
lions of the day including Branford Marsalis and Terence Blanchard, as
well as singer Harry Connick Jr. He also produced Miles Davis's comeback
record, The Man With The Horn, for Columbia in 1981.

"I had the good fortune of hiring George as Jazz A&R for Columbia
records in the late 70s," says Lundvall. "He was instrumental in
bringing Wynton Marsalis to the company and he also directly signed
Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., The Heath Brothers, and a number
of other important Jazz artists. George was a consummate gentleman with
vast musical knowledge and I always considered him a dear friend."

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Bob Davis
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