Recording Industry

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Gerry Teekens, founder and proprietor of Criss Cross Jazz, an unassuming Dutch indie label that became a vital repository of recorded jazz from the 1980s onward, died on Oct. 31. He was 83.

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Renée Neufville first performed “Something to Believe In (For Roy),” a paean to the irreplaceable trumpeter Roy Hargrove, during a concert in his memory on Jan. 8, 2019.

She’d finished writing the lyrics to the song just that morning, fitting them to music by Justin Robinson, the longtime saxophonist in Hargrove’s quintet.

Courtesy of Joe and Nancy Marciano

Jazz has its hallowed locations, those rare spots where the music attains full dimension and history is repeatedly made. Right away one thinks of the great clubs, but a recording studio can just as readily serve such a function.