Although he studied clarinet and drums early on and in the early '70s wrote for a variety of jazz magazines (including Down Beat and Jazz Journal), Bob Rusch's fame lies with Cadence, the monthly magazine he founded in 1975. Through the years, Cadence has reviewed nearly every jazz and blues, release in addition to having extensive interviews with both the famous and the obscure. Rusch also started the Cadence label in 1980, a company that has released a variety of consistently strong performances, mostly from advanced players. In the mid-1990s, the CIMP label was started in conjunction and has come out with dozens of adventurous recordings in a short period of time. In addition, Rusch has run North Country Record Distribution, which has handled hundreds of independent jazz labels since he founded it in 1983. Bob Rusch is well-known in the jazz world for his candor, honesty and musical open-mindedness.
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