Welcome to Blue Duchess Records, a label of the Shining Stone Music Group. Blue Duchess Records and its sister label, Shining Stone Records, are pleased to present reference quality recordings of Jazz and Blues-- two forms of truly American music. With respect for the past, and with a vision of the future, Blue Duchess Records Artists include both giants and exceptional new talents in the world of Jazz.
Please review our critically acclaimed Jazz offerings below. For Blues music recordings, click here.
The Shining Stone Music Group
The Shining Stone Music Group, Blue Duchess Records, and Shining Stone Records were founded by award winning guitarist Duke Robillard and Blues Foundation Charter Member Jesse A. Finkelstein. Duke Robillard personally produces most of our recordings, and Jesse Finkelstein serves as Executive Producer.
The Shining Stone Music Group records its productions at Lakewest Studios in Rhode Island, the birthplace of many important recordings of the past two decades. Jack Gauthier, the owner of Lakewest, personally supervises the recording of our projects. Jack and Duke have a long a rich collaboration, producing award winning recordings of our musical heritage, many of them for Stony Plain Records in Canada.
The Blue Duchess/Shining Stone formula is simple: we take a select number of exceptional musicians, and give them artistic freedom and cutting edge production support. We also take what you hear very seriously.
Although many recording facilities are "all digital", pumping out highly compressed music for personal digital players, we take a different approach: Lakewest uses the more expensive 2 inch tape recording process and tube amplification in addition to digital processes. In Blue Duchess and Shining Stone productions you will rediscover the great warmth and detail of the landmark recordings of our time.
Giving back to our community also is one of our founding principles at Blue Duchess and Shining Stone. Every time you purchase one of our CD.s, we make a donation to a rotating list of worthy charities.