Brilliant Corners - The Story Of Riverside Records

John Fordham looks at one of the unsung heroes of modern jazz recording - Riverside Records.

In conversation with legendary record producer and label owner Orrin Keepnews, they chart how the label came to record some of the key jazz albums of the fifties and early sixties.



Keepnews tells how he dealt with the sometimes difficult Thelonious Monk in the studio, signed pianist Bill Evans and recorded one of jazz's first statements on civil rights, Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite.

Presented by John Fordham.


Keepnews talks about Cannonball Adderley's first hit record, signing guitarist Wes Montgomery in a late night roadhouse and his experiences with musicians who were addicted to drugs.

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Orrin Keepnews talks about pianist Bill Evans' classic series of albums for Riverside, some of the lesser known musicians who were integral to the label and how the label came to an end.