[JPL] Re: The Graying of the Record Store

Michael Valentine mjazzer at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 18 05:27:10 EDT 2006

  Virgin Megastore in Miami & Dallas have closed. Younger buyers have adapted to digital big time, Even the club Dj's are using laptops instead of  wax

Arturo <arturo893 at qwest.net> wrote:  -------------------------------------------

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Thanks to Russell Haines for posting the link to a wonderful article that
had me nostalgic and close to tears :<(

Every since I was 12 or 13 years old in the mid-60's, visiting my local
record shops every 2-3 weeks was a habit I have that endures to this day. I
used to save 75 cents every 2-3 weeks in order to purchase one 45rpm, then
once I began working after school as a 16 year old I had enough to buy an LP
or 2 every few weeks. As the write-up indicates, visiting a records store
was more than just wanting to buy you latest favorite, it was about gazing
at the artwork of the LPs, reading the liners, checking out the great covers
like Sgt Peppers, Satanic Majesty Request, New Riders of the Purple Sage,
Lotus Blossom, Big Bamboo, Sticky Fingers, how many lions on Santana's 1st?
comparing the songs and artwork between domestic albums and imports, Last
Days of the Fillmore box, Bangladash box, the latest James Brown etc etc
For me I had double exposure, as every few months I'd venture to one of the
few shops of Greater LA that carried Cuban dance music and or salsa records
to snuff my Latin record jones.

I can not relay how much I learned about music, how much my music listening
was enriched by going to records shops on a regular basis. I heard music
in-house I may not have ever encountered. Moreover, the accessories was part
of the ritual as well, magazines, posters(black lite & non), concert flyers,
free press, rally posters and more. Even as a married man with family
obligations, record shop visits was a necessary element of my life style.

The story is correct because I too have noticed that there is a sharp
decline in younger buyers of the record shops. I see many young dee jays
digging in the crates but other than the turntable dj's, younger demos are
not seen as much anymore looking for the latest CDs, they don't know what
they are missing.



This week's sponsor: Lisa Hilton's MIDNIGHT IN MANHATTAN


A sinfully sultry mix of originals and standards'' is what JazzTrenzz reviewer Karl Stober had to say about composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest release, 'MIDNIGHT IN MANHATTAN', (Ruby Slippers Productions).  Inspired by a late New York night, she has once again created a recording full of evocative moods, strong melodies and expressive arrangements.  Creating a new band  for these sessions, 'Midnight In Manhattan' also features famed Brubeck saxman Bobby Militello, John Friday on drums and long time bassist Reggie McBride.  Eighteen-time Grammy winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt recorded and mixed with Hilton in Studio A/Capitol Studios keeping a natural sound that compliments the straight ahead tracks. 

Trained in contemporary and classical piano, Hilton contemplated jazz greats for inspiration.  ''I've always been inspired by the melodies of our great American songwriters of the 30's, the rhythmic hooks of classic jazz of the 50's and a bit of our blues from the South'' comments Hilton, ''but I do think that jazz can be inspired by this musical heritage and still sound cool today.''

Hilton's music continues to earn numerous awards and honors.  Her music is distributed by Navarre and is available at most retail and online stores.  Her website is: www.lisahiltonmusic.com. 


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