News has come this morning of the death of producer Alan Douglas. Best known for his work with Jimi Hendrix – in particular, his often controversial Hendrix compilations and archival releases – Douglas died at his home in Paris last Saturday.
Overshadowed by his connection to rock’s most inventive guitarist was Douglas’ more impressive work as a jazz producer. In that genre, he developed a reputation for creating innovative projects, such as teaming Duke Ellington with Max Roach and Charlie Mingus for “Money Jungle” (1962). Douglas also worked with John Coltrane, Oliver Nelson and Herbie Mann, among others. Career highlights can be found on “Douglas On Blue Note” (2009). Here’s a bit of Douglas’ jazz discography.
“Jazz Portraits: Mingus in Wonderland”: Charles Mingus (1959)
“The Peaceful Side”: Billy Strayhorn (1961)
“Live at the Blue Note Cafe, Paris 1961”: Bud Powell (1961)
“Matador”: Kenny Dorham (1962)
“Three Blind Mice”: Art Blakey (1962)
“Three Blind Mice, Vol. 2”: Art Blakey (1962)
“Conversations”: Eric Dolphy (1963)
“Iron Man”: Eric Dolphy (1963)
“Undercurrent”: Jim Hall (1963)
“The Complete Town Hall Concert”: Charles Mingus (1963)
“Inside Betty Carter”: Betty Carter (1965)
“Devotion”: John McLaughlin (1970)
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