Saturday, October 10

Obituary : Jazz producer Larry Rosen of Park Ridge dies at 75

Larry Rosen, an influential modern jazz producer and label owner who was among the first to embrace the CD format and later founded an online music site with some of the first digital downloads, died Friday, his publicist said. He was 75.
Mr. Rosen, a Bronx native who grew up in Dumont, died surrounded by his family in his home in Park Ridge, his publicist, Sheryl Feuerstein, said. The cause was brain cancer, she said.
“He got robbed a little bit in checking out somewhat early by today’s standards, but he sure packed a lot in those 75 years,” said Lee Ritenour, the jazz guitarist and a longtime friend of Mr. Rosen’s. “I always credit Larry for inspiring me to try to have vision, to look [for] what’s next and further down the line. He was just one of those guys who had a great ability to do that.”
Mr. Rosen co-founded GRP Records with the pianist Dave Grusin in 1982. By then, the pair had been working as a freelance production team for a decade, and they saw an opportunity in the form of the new CD format. Against the advice of their financial advisers and lawyers, they mortgaged their homes to borrow the money to launch GRP as an independent record label — the first label, in fact, to use .

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