A can’t-miss musical tribute

Nesuhi Ertegun (1917–1991) arrived in Washington, D.C., in 1934, when his father became Turkey’s ambassador to the United States. His brother, Ahmet, went on to start Atlantic Records — which became the home of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and the Rolling Stones. And in 1955, Nesuhi, who’d been running jazz labels on the West Coast, became a jazz producer for the company.

In the years to come, Nesuhi would produce classic records by Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Charles. And this beautifully packaged, five-disc release — the last project assembled by his protégé Joel Dorn, who died in 2007 — gives us the fullest sense of Nesuhi’s achievement. You’ll hear standards (the Modern Jazz Quintet’s “Summertime”), groundbreaking recordings (Yusef Lateef’s “In a Little Spanish Town”), and live performances (by Charles, Ray Bryant, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk). You’ll also get a coffee-table book (with essays by Nat Hentoff, Leiber and Stoller, and Dr. John) and a portfolio of excellent, framable photos. Yes, Hommage à Nesuhi is expensive — it retails for $149.98 — but the extras turn this limited-edition (3,000 numbered copies) set into a jazz fanatic’s dream come true.

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A can’t-miss musical tribute