Conversations from the Listening Room: Blue Note Records' Joe Harley
By Bes Nievera
If you love jazz or vinyl LPs – or, likely, both – Joe Harley is someone you should know. This "Conversations" guest fell in love with records during his childhood and used that passion as a springboard to his present-day role as producer for the ongoing Tone Poet reissue series for Blue Note Records. Having also spearheaded the extremely successful Music Matters reissue series, Harley's aim in pleasing music lovers of all stripes is "to capture the sound of those master tapes on vinyl and to allow listeners to know what it would sound like to actually be in Rudy's living room in Hackensack or later in Rudy's studio..."