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Ed Tracey
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Date Posted: Friday, July 14, 06:02:03pm

Jazz Label Owner Joe Fields Dies at 88
DownBeat Magazine; July 14, 2017   3:19 PM

Joe Fields, a driving force in the jazz music business for over 50 years, passed away on July 12. He was 88 years old.

He worked for MGM, Verve, Prestige and Sue Records before becoming the national sales manager at Buddha Records. While at Buddha, Fields started its jazz division, Cobblestone Records. He started his own record label when he acquired Cobblestone from Buddha and renamed it Muse Records.

From 1973 to 1996, Muse succeeded with jazz recordings by artists such as Pat Martino, Houston Person, Cedar Walton, Charles Earland, Larry Coryell, Woody Shaw and many others. The label was nominated for various jazz music awards and won two Grammys. During the mid-80s, Fields acquired both the Savoy and Landmark Records labels. Savoy was a seminal jazz company with recordings by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and other stars of the early years of the bebop era.

In 1997, Joe and his son, Barney, launched HighNote and Savant Records. This started another legacy that continues to this day. Artists who have thrived on the label include Kenny Burrell, Houston Person, Wallace Roney, Eric Alexander, Freddy Cole, Tom Harrell, Russell Malone and others who continue to release new jazz recordings.

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