19-05-2011 // : Ambrose Akinmusire - Confessions To My Unborn Daughter
A few weeks ago i was trying to set up some weekly Thursday-morning item on Jazz. Because i love Jazz-music, but for some reason it hardly gets through on the blog and i'm a little unsatisfied with that. Since my workday on Thursdays usually starts at 12 o'clock i spent all morning reading the paper, drinking coffee and being totally relaxed (Thursday is also the least productive day at the office, go figure..). A nice relaxing Jazz-album on the stereo would be the perfect match and writing something about that should be really easy then, right..?
So far i have not yet succeeded with this idea, but i'm hanging in there, especially since i've discovered Ambrose Akinmusire yesterday evening. His debut-album When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released April 5th and gets good reviews all over the world. Unlike rockbands and singer-songwriters, jazz-musicians have the horrific habit of not putting any songs out on their website for those interested in their music. You can listen to 30 seconds of a few songs, which in my humble opinion is not only very stupid, but also very stupid (yes, i did mean to state 'stupid' twice). It makes it hard to form an opinion on this album, but based on the 1 track i could find on YouTube i can relate to those reviews.
I wonder why Jazz-musicians (but also their record-companies) are not more open-minded on how to distribute their music. I've seen the same things with other Jazz-bands and artists. Unlike the rest of the music-scene they hardly try to promote their music. Websites are small, never get any updates and they do not use tools as Twitter or Facebook. They do not release a song via the widgets that so many bands use nowadays. If you subscribe to the newsletter, you get a link and can download a song for free, are there better ways to get your music heard & reach those interested in your music? You have their emailadress now & they will remember who you are, cuz they have heard one of your songs. It is a concept that is being used by the smallest of the smallest folkacts in the deserts of Ontario, aswell as by internationally acclaimed millionsellers like The Strokes. I got all worked up about this earlier this morning, because i had a hard time finding some more decent material by Ambrose Akinmusire. There are live-recordings on Youtube, but those are from years ago and those tracks are not on the album. The quality is not that good and it's not put on Youtube by the artist himself or his record-company, hence the quality.. How is it possible that the jazz-world is not seeing the full potential of the internet?
i was planning on writing something about this, but not really at this point because this post was supposed to be about Ambrose Akinmusire. He's made a new record. I've heard one song and i'm liking it. I have no idea where in the Netherlands i could buy his record, and i'm not gonna get it on the internet, as i would like to hear the entire album before i buy it. So good job Ambrose on this one track. Bad job Blue Note Records (just only a major player in the jazz-industry, you'd think if anyone would be on top of this, it would be them) for not even trying to seduce me or anyone else slightly interested in this album. For the record, yet i can buy it on iTunes, but same goes for Ambrose's website, i can hear 30 seconds of a song, hearing the first 30 seconds of a jazzsongs that lasts 5 minutes is pretty useless..