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Don Was, Making ‘Authentic’ Music at Blue Note Jazz Label

Dan DeLuca (Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic)

There’s a jazz man’s adage, attributed variously to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, that goes something like this: “There are two kinds of music, the good and the bad. I play the good kind.”

Don Was, the bass player, producer, bandleader, songwriter, and now president of the storied jazz label Blue Note Records, divides the world differently.

“There are two kinds of music,” Was says. “Generous music and selfish music.”

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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