Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A New Discovery of William Savory Recordings!
Thanks to my fellow blogger and always jazzly-alert, Ian of the Villes Ville, I became aware of a great discovery in the jazz world. According to Ian and a video from New York Times [below] a treasury of jazz recordings made by William Savory has been discovered. Savory was an audio engineer known for his extensive private recordings of important jazz musicians in the 1930s, and for his contributions to recording technology. He was part of the team that invented the 33 rpm long-playing record and developed the technique for cutting the masters of 78 rpm recordings that were being transferred to the new format. These discs have been donated to the Harlem's National Jazz Museum and it's in process of cleaning and digitizing. "It seems no exaggeration to say that these recordings may well make a shift in the geography of the landscape of classic jazz of seismic proportions," says Ian, "allowing us to look afresh at the work of relatively unacknowledged masters."