Jessica Thompson - Audio Mastering & Restoration


Jessica Thompson is a GRAMMY-nominated mastering and restoration engineer and audio archivist at Coast Mastering in Berkeley, California.

Her remaster of Erroll Garner’s iconic live performance The Complete Concert By the Sea (Sony/Legacy) was nominated for Best Historical Album GRAMMY, 2016.

She has also remastered, restored and revived historic concert recordings from the Bottom Line, Caffe Lena, Woody Guthrie, Ash Grove and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festival archives, including performances by Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Doc Watson, Miles Davis, Jean Ritchie and Dave Von Ronk.

She has cleaned, digitized and restored rare vinyl and cassette recordings for Awesome Tapes from Africa, Manufactured Recordings and several Numero Group compilations.

And she has mastered new records for Michael Daves, The Grassy Knoll, Los Dreamers, Sean Costello, Cultfever, Kim Taylor, Chris Riffle, Natalie Merchant and Train.

Her remaster of Mickey Newbury’s seminal albums for the box set An American Trilogy (Drag City/Cargo UK) was Mojo Magazine’s Reissue of the Year, 2011.

In her previous career as a radio producer, she interviewed drummer Max Roach and the organ player at Fenway Park for WGBH. She has spun records and CDs on the airwaves of WGBH, WFMU, WZBC and WESU.


Jessica sometimes contributes to Tape Op Magazine and Pink Noise:

On “Sonic Archaeology” for GRAMMY Pro (2016)

“Ask the Experts” interview with Indie Preserves (2015)

Pure2 Master AD/DA Converter & Clock (2015)

The Art And Aesthetics of Audio Restoration (2104)

Remixing Mickey Newbury’s Looks Like Rain (2011)

The B2 Bomber ADC & DAC Review (2010)

Isochrone OCX and 10M Clock Generators Review (2008)

Recent Mastering and Restoration Projects

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