Friday, September 6, 2013

Bill Frisell Brian Blade Jon Cowherd John Patittucci MERCY!


Hey folks...I wanted to take a minute just to "talk" with you about an exciting new project. I may well be the only critic covering improvisational music that will take the time to make you aware of fund raising projects that are currently on going by various artists be they up and coming young guns or as in this case some of the finest musicians working in their craft today.

But why? Two reasons
1.) I have been blessed by some artists in my efforts to attempt to raise funds for my medical treatment as I am currently struggling with advanced liver disease. I am paying it forward.
2.) Most importantly, some of you may not understand why artists are using fund raising projects such as this so allow me to give you some food for thought so you can better understand the situation.

Jon Cowherd, Brian Blade, Bill Frisell, and John Patittucci are all well known and critically acclaimed performers. One might think a large label would jump at the chance to put out a release from these guys. News flash...large labels as most of us have come to know them are gone. Today it is not unusual for an artist to release projects on a variety of labels and the simple reason is money. The record companies much like you and I simply don't have much and what they have is carefully divided. Long story short, the pie has gotten smaller especially since the economic collapse of 2008.

A no frills release on the low end of the scale can be anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 dollars and this really is not taking into account the costs of studio time, mixing, post production, and various other session costs that are tied in to any recording across any genre. Artists need our help. When N.P.R. almost went under due to necessary budget cuts you were probably outraged but did you write as much as a five dollar check? A piece of advice as a writer, state run radio is best run by the people and not the state. Don't wait for the Federal Government to step in and bail the recording industry out, bad precedent. It is simply not enough to say you love jazz, you have to put your money where your ears are. I have reviewed more than a dozen works that came out of artistshare with each and every recording being top notch from top to bottom, first note to last. This is a quality organization that is here to help and now you need to help too. I know...times are tight and money is scarce but think of it like this. Could you give up one Starbucks run a week for a month? If you made that sacrifice then you could contribute $20.00 or a little more if you are a latte addict like myself.

The music industry is hurting. Jazz in particular is beginning to hemorrhage in some areas. Whatever you can do to help can go along way. Verbal support and righteous indignation at the cultural malaise in this country can only go so far. Like it or not we live in a capitalist society and money can go much farther than lip service.

As I said earlier, critics don't normally do pieces like this. I am not your typical critic. I do believe that artists and critics are simply two sides of the same coin. We need each other and we need you desperately. I appreciate the kindness artists and fans have shown me and I know I can speak for these gentleman in expressing their appreciation for your kindness in helping them.

Let's keep the music flowing and please check out this link for more details on the project:
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Many thanks!