July 23, 2024

Brian Rust died. Don’t know who this is? Oh, but you know his work. Yes you do you jazzer you.

“Brian Rust, a discographic detective who compiled comprehensive guides to recorded jazz and other popular music, in the process setting the standard for the modern field, died on Jan. 5 in Swanage, in southern England. He was 88.

For decades, “Jazz Records” — known to jazz mavens simply as “J. R.” — has been the de facto standard reference work in the field, furnishing meticulous information on session dates, personnel and much else for tens of thousands of recordings.”

See, he’s the reason you know X, Y and Z played on a session at so and so studio on this date.

Thanks for your work Brian.

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