David Rubinson

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David Rubinson (born August 7, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York)[1] is an American recording engineer and music producer, who was particularly involved in music production from the 1960s to the 1980s. He produced such diverse acts as Moby Grape, Herbie Hancock, the Pointer Sisters, Santana, and Taj Mahal. Rubinson also founded The Automatt Recording Studios and was the music producer for the film Apocalypse Now.[2]

History[edit]

David Rubinson graduated from Columbia University in 1963, with a bachelor's degree in English Literature.[1] He commenced his record production career shortly thereafter, becoming an associate producer at Capitol Records during 1963-1964. Thereafter, he became a staff producer for Columbia Records, a position he held from 1964 to 1969. Rubinson then went into partnership with Bill Graham, working with the latter in the Fillmore Corporation,[1] and creating two record labels with him: San Francisco Records and Fillmore Records.[3] In 1976, he built The Automatt, the first automated recording studio in San Francisco.[1]

After suffering a severe heart attack, Rubinson retired from record production in 1982, thereafter devoting his time to artist management (Narada Michael Walden, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Marcel Marceau, Wayne Shorter) and film.[1] He was the executive producer of Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, a PBS biography of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who facilitated the escape of thousands of Jews from Lithuania during World War II. The film won the award for Best Documentary at the 2000 Hollywood Film Festival and the 2001 Pare Lorentz Award, sponsored by the International Documentary Association.[1]

In 2009, Rubinson relocated to France to practice permaculture and sustainable, renewable food production and became a public opponent of the actions of Israel in Gaza.[4]

Selected Discography[5][edit]

Year Album Artist Role
1991 Stolen Moments Stanley Jordan Executive Producer, Management
1988 Passion and Fire Gato Barbieri Producer
1982 Quartet Herbie Hancock Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1981 Magic Windows Herbie Hancock Composer, Engineer, Mix Down, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1981 Randy Hansen Randy Hansen Producer
1980 Watercolors The Waters Producer
1980 Monster Herbie Hancock Composer, Engineer, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1980 Mr. Hands Herbie Hancock Mixing, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1980 The Piano Herbie Hancock Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Engineer, Liner Notes, Mixing, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock, Reissue Producer
1980 The Swing of Delight Carlos Santana Mixing Engineer, Producer
1979 Apocalypse Now (soundtrack) Carmine Coppola Producer
1979 Directstep Herbie Hancock Engineer, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1979 Feets, Don't Fail Me Now Herbie Hancock Composer, Engineer, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1978 An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert Herbie Hancock Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1978 Tasty Patti Labelle Producer, Arranger
1978 Reunion Peter, Paul and Mary Producer
1978 VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum V.S.O.P. Co-Producer, with Henri Renaud
1978 Tropico Gato Barbieri Adaptation, Arranger, Engineer, Producer, Unknown Contributor Role
1978 Sunlight Herbie Hancock Engineer, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1977 Elementary Wah Wah Watson Engineer, Co-Producer, with Wah Wah Watson
1977 Festival Santana Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Composer, Engineer, Producer
1977 Having a Party The Pointer Sisters Engineer, Producer
1977 New Directions The Meters Engineer, Co-Producer, with Jeffrey Cohen
1977 Patti Labelle Patti LaBelle Arranger, Composer, Engineer, Photography, Producer, Vocal Arrangement
1976 Amigos Santana Audio Production, Composer, Engineer, Producer
1976 Chameleon Labelle ARP Synthesizer, Arranger, Engineer, Producer
1976 It Looks Like Snow Phoebe Snow Engineer, Producer
1976 Magical Shepherd Miroslav Vitouš Engineer, Producer, Remixing
1976 Secrets Herbie Hancock Engineer, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1976 The Quintet V.S.O.P. Producer
1976 V.S.O.P , Vol. 1 Herbie Hancock Engineer, Producer
1975 Flood Herbie Hancock Producer, Remixing
1975 Man-Child Herbie Hancock Engineer, Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1975 Safety Zone Bobby Womack Engineer, Producer
1975 Steppin' The Pointer Sisters Composer, Producer, Remixing
1974 Death Wish Herbie Hancock Producer
1974 Dedication Herbie Hancock Producer
1974 That's a Plenty The Pointer Sisters Producer, Arranger, Engineer
1974 Thrust Herbie Hancock Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1973 Head Hunters Herbie Hancock Co-Producer, with Herbie Hancock
1973 Sextant Herbie Hancock Producer, Remixing
1973 The Pointer Sisters The Pointer Sisters Arranger, Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Producer
1973 Thriller! Cold Blood Audio Production, Mixing, Producer
1973 What the Kids Want Hoodoo Rhythm Devils Producer
1971 The Real Thing Taj Mahal Producer
1971 20 Granite Creek Moby Grape Congas, Engineer, Piano (Electric), Producer
1971 Happy Just to Be Like I Am Taj Mahal Co-Producer, with Taj Mahal
1970 Victoria Victoria (Domalgoski) Co-Producer with Fred Catero
1970 Feel It! Elvin Bishop Producer
1970 Mwandishi Herbie Hancock Producer
1970 Right On Be Free The Voices of East Harlem Producer
1970 Secret of the Bloom Victoria Co-Producer with Fred Catero
1969 Oar Skip Spence Liner Notes, Mixing
1969 Afro-American Latin Mongo Santamaría Producer
1969 Cold Blood Cold Blood Producer
1969 Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home Taj Mahal Photography, Producer
1969 Love, Peace and Happiness The Chambers Brothers Co-Producer, with Tim O'Brien
1969 Moby Grape '69 Moby Grape Audio Production, Liner Notes, Original Recording Producer, Producer
1969 The Elvin Bishop Group Elvin Bishop Original Recording Producer, Producer
1969 Santana Santana Producer (first studio session)[6]
1968 The Natch'l Blues Taj Mahal Producer
1968 Taj Mahal Taj Mahal Co-Producer, with Bob Irwin
1968 Wow/Grape Jam Moby Grape Audio Production, Orchestral Arrangements, Producer
1967 Moby Grape Moby Grape Audio Production, Producer
1967 Freedom's Sons The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Producer
1966 Isn't It Grand Boys The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Internet Movie Database, Mini-Biography of David Rubinson. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  2. ^ Mix Online, Life In Balance: David Rubinson, October 2, 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  3. ^ Robert Greenfield, Who was Bill Graham?. Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  4. ^ Clarke Canfield, Maine video producer recounts Gaza flotilla ordeal. Associated Press, June 5, 2010, as reprinted in Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  5. ^ Primarily from Allmusic, David Rubinson Credits
  6. ^ as heard on the 1997 legacy album edition