By Sam Griffith
Here is a rundown of the last week in jazz.
- The Thelonius Monk Competition Competition completed last night. Congratulations to trumpeter Marquis Hill.
- Another case against spotify, written by a jazz musician. Not sure about his point here. The ability to make your own professional recordings, and then sell them for a huge percentage (either electronically through iTunes, or at your own concerts) means that the inspired professional musician can make plenty of money from recordings, with the added bonus of being in complete control of the music, performers, etc.. Musicians won’t make money on spotify. This is a genre-less fact. Musicians can make money by self-producing their own albums.
- A list of Miles Davis albums ranked. I always liked Jazz At the Plaza the best. Not sure why it didn’t make this list, yet countless awful albums did. It seems as though some great albums are missing from this list (Live in Berlin? Anything from the Plugged Nickel? Smokin/Steamin/Workin/Relaxin?). But maybe that’s just me.
- Pat Metheny talking about stuff.
- How the #$%$ did it take so long for this to happen? Seems decades ovedue.
- An “underground” jazz club in New York.
- All About Jazz says that artists should not have to pay for their album to be reviewed. This is an interesting problem. I’ve heard of other jazz publishers only reviewing albums of artists who purchase advertisements in their publications. When will the album reviewing industry catch up with new music business models? How does/will native advertising affect the process of album reviews? I’m not sure I see anything wrong with an artist paying to have his album reviewed, as long as they are prepared for the possibility of a bad review. Lots of runners/joggers/walkers pay to enter competitions, that doesn’t they are awarded first place. They get a t-shirt. Musicians just need a t-shirt.
- Reviews for the movie “Low Down” which apparently is in movie theaters, somewhere.None of these reviews are particularly flattering.Here is another one.
- And the movie Whiplash, about an abused jazz drummer, should be in a theater close to you.
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