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R.I.P. Gerry Teekens

R.I.P. Gerry Teekens
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I first met Gerry Teekens back in 1975 on my first trip to Amsterdam.

I went to a local jazz club to see Archie Shepp.

I arrived early. 

No one was there except the bartender.

I asked  when the music will start and he said after the soccer game.

Sure as shit as soon as that game ended the joint filled up.

This guy comes in and puts down some rugs and sets up some jazz albums to sell.

I introduce myself and he sez he's Gerry Teekens.

That's how he started before he founded Criss Cross one of the great European jazz labels along with Nils Winter's Steeplechase Records and Wim Wight's Timeless Records both of whom I met when I ran the jazz dept. at Happy Tunes.

Here's a prime example of one of Gerry's excellent productions:

Tony Reedus Minor Thang - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8GWc3aueGc


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