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11.18.2013 | | Posted at 11:26 AM

Remembering Producer Arif Mardin

By David Luhrssen
  Arif Mardin was never a household name, but music fans scrutinizing album credits knew of him and the stars he worked with knew him well. The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story is a documentary of a remarkable career suffused with pathos. Working with Mardin’s son Joe, filmmaker Doug Biro interviewed the record producer and his associates as the grand old ...
11.16.2013 | | Posted at 12:45 PM

“Here’s Edie” Resurfaces on DVD

By David Luhrssen
  Muriel Cigars was more than just the sponsor (“Brought to you by…”) of the ABC series “Here’s Edie” (1962-1964). Integral to the production, the commercials starred the show’s hostess and were almost as innovative as everything else in this wildly creative program. The Muriel ads featured Edie Adams purring suggestively about the product (sometimes a cigar is rea...
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Legacy)

Charles Mingus was one of Duke Ellington's greatest heirs in exploring the symphonic potential of jazz without losing touch with its funky roots. This newly issued 10-CD set is comprised of...