”I was extremely saddened to learn today about the passing of my friend Tom Coyne.
Mastering is a pretty solitary career, but Tom was always kind and collaborative. In 1980, when I was working for CBS, a producer had sought me out to work on the next Grover Washington Jr. record, but since CBS wouldn’t work with outside artists, I was unable to work on it in a traditional manner. So during my lunch break one day, I went out and walked to Frankford/Wayne Mastering to see if there was any chance they’d let me use their studio so I could master the album as a freelance project. Sure enough, Tom was incredibly accommodating, showing me the way around the studio and letting me master the whole album there.
The record ended up being Grover’s hit Winelight featuring the smash single “Just The Two Of Us”, and it exploded, going on to win multiple Grammys. If not for Tom and his generosity, I’m not sure I would’ve been a part of that record. After that project, we remained close as we moved throughout different studios and projects, often going out to lunch when he was at the Hit Factory and I was at Sony. Tom was a brilliant engineer, respected peer, and a compassionate friend, and he will be sorely missed.”