Pressed for All Time

Producing the Great Jazz Albums from Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday to Miles Davis and Diana Krall

By Michael Jarrett

336 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 225 halftones, notes, index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3058-8
    Published: October 2016
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3059-5
    Published: August 2016

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In histories of music, producers tend to fall by the wayside--generally unknown and seldom acknowledged. But without them and their contributions to the art form, we’d have little on record of some of the most important music ever created. Discover the stories behind some of jazz's best-selling and most influential albums in this collection of oral histories gathered by music scholar and writer Michael Jarrett. Drawing together interviews with over fifty producers, musicians, engineers, and label executives, Jarrett shines a light on the world of making jazz records by letting his subjects tell their own stories and share their experiences in creating the American jazz canon.

Packed with fascinating stories and fresh perspectives on over 200 albums and artists, including legends such as Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis, as well as contemporary artists such as Diana Krall and Norah Jones, Pressed for All Time tells the unknown stories of the men and women who helped to shape the quintessential American sound.

About the Author

Michael Jarrett is professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, York.
For more information about Michael Jarrett, visit the Author Page.


"Essential reading for every jazz aficionado."--DownBeat

"Successfully details the untold narrative of jazz production from the perspective of those with an astounding array of technical skills and artistic background[s], who coaxed iconic recordings out of the giants of jazz. Jazz fans and record buffs will relish poring over these accounts of how their favorite records were made."--Library Journal

"Will prove illuminating for everyone who loves jazz."--Booklist

"Filled with fresh stories and insights about the process of recording jazz, filling in an important gap in jazz history. . . . highly recommended."--Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene

“Serves as a brilliant ‘making of’ guide to some of the greatest jazz albums.”--Sounds of Surprise

“A valuable contribution to our greater appreciation of the [jazz] artists.”--Jazz Society of Pensacola