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Richard Bock

Richard Bock was probably one of the most essential producers of Western Coastline jazz. He founded Pacific Jazz (alongside drummer Roy Harte) in 1952 and his 1st launch was a traditional set from the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker. Bock caused lots of the best artists of another 10 years including Baker, Artwork Pepper, the Chico Hamilton Quintet, Jim Hall, Bud Shank, Wes Montgomery (who documented “Bock to Bock” in tribute towards the maker), Groove Holmes, Les McCann, Gerald Wilson as well as the Jazz Crusaders. In 1958 after documenting Ravi Shankar, Bock began a subsidiary (Globe Pacific) to record a wider variance of music. Pacific Jazz continued to be quite energetic until Bock offered it to Liberty in 1965. He continuing focusing on a part-time basis for the label through 1970. When Modern was reactivated in the first ’80s, Richard Bock aided Lester Koenig like a maker until his death.

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