Tom Dowd & the Language Of Music

Tom Dowd & the Language Of Music is a 90-minute documentary film profiling the life and work of a man whose personal history reflects the evolution of modern music and recording technology: legendary producer/recording engineer Tom Dowd.

A former Atlantic Records engineer responsible for some of the most important R&B, rock, and jazz records ever made, including Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman, Cab Calloway, Charles Mingus and many more.

Interviews with recording industry icons tell the story of this humble genius, while historical footage, photographs and classic music tracks capture the magic of the recording studio. Dowd recounts the recording sessions and technical achievements that altered the course of contemporary music.

Filmmaker Mark Moormann premiered this independently produced feature-length documentary at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and the film had its international premiere at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. It has screened at festivals around the world to overwhelmingly enthusiastic audiences and widespread critical acclaim.

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