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The Jazz Detective: How One Man Searches The World For Lost Jazz Recordings


Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

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Record Store Day hits the world stage Saturday, April 22. It’s the time designated to celebrate the communal hub that is the independent record store. 

Portland has an embarrassment of riches: lovingly curated shops are located across the city, with many of them participating in the celebration by stocking some Record Store Day special releases.

Ahead of the big day for vinyl digging, KMHD’s Derek Smith recently chatted with Zev Feldman, the general manager of Los Angeles based Resonance Records. 

His adventures at Resonance Records and beyond have led jazz lovers to dub him the “Jazz Detective.”

In the last five years, some of the greatest discoveries of lost jazz recordings lead straight back to Resonance Records and Feldman. 

Unearthed treasures from Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, John Coltrane and others have emerged due to his enthusiasm, tireless energy and patience. 

In this interview, he delves into his detective methods, recounts the moment that the music of Jaco Pastorius changed his life and previews new discoveries, including a never heard studio album from Thelonious Monk — being released on Saturday, the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day.

Listen to the amazing story above.

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