Don Schlitten(2)


Today, I will post about his achievements in Prestige Records.

By the mid-1950s, Prestige Records became a leading independent jazz label.

So Prestige founder Bob Weinstock set about recruiting an impressive group of young producers.

He employed several superb producers in addition to Weinstock: among them, Chris Albertson,

Ozzie Cadena, Esmond Edwards, Ira Gitler, Cal Lampley, Bob Porter, and Don Schlitten.


Photo above of Ira Gitler

There is a famous story about his  work in Prestige label.

He produced Tony Fruscella’s recording in 1952.

Unfortunately this work was not released.

This precious recordings wound up on a shelf in Bob’s office where many years later.

But Don found unissued recordings dust on a neglected shelf.

Then he eventually issued them in 1981 for his own Xanadu label.

I want post about  Tony Fruscella’s recording at later date.

Also Don Schlitten had a talent for photography and visual art and created many of the labels cover designs.

He had done some design work that appeared on 10-inch and EP discs in the early 1950s.

Please refer to “Prestige Records,” The Birka Jazz Archive.

Here is Tony Fruscella Septet.

Tony Fruscella (tp), Herb Geller (as), Phil Urso (ts), Gene Allen (bs),Bill Triglia (p), Red Mitchell (b), Howie Mann (ds)       Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, February 16, 1952



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