[JPL] DR. GEORGE BUTLER, A&R MAN & RECORD PRODUCER FOR BLUE NOTE
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Mon Apr 14 11:10:20 EDT 2008
I'm very sorry to hear of Dr. Butler's passing. A wonderful person, a
true jazz gentleman, and the sharpest dresser in the music business.
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> DR. GEORGE BUTLER, A&R MAN & RECORD PRODUCER FOR BLUE NOTE IN 1970s,
> 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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