[JPL] I'm in a Quandry
toby_gleason at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jan 8 16:18:12 EST 2009
Whichever artist you've enjoyed listening to more in the past. As far
as "letting the music speak for itself," jazz albums, like rock, have
long had a history of putting photographs of pretty, sometimes
scantily-clad women on the cover. Though most often, not of the actual
album artist, themselves. Cal Tjader's original Ritmo Caliente and Mas
Ritmo Caliente albums are just two examples. I've often picked up
albums of artists I wasn't familiar with BECAUSE of the LP art,
whether it was a picture of a woman or not. Moacir Santos' Maestro is
an example of that. If we really want to let the music speak for
itself, why aren't we happy with jazz CD's coming to us without cover
art, track and personnel lists and, most (or least) importantly, LINER
We programmers desire (or require) as much information as can be
supplied or gathered on the music we play, as we are in not just the
entertainment business but the education business. We should applaud
more information being included in release packaging, rather than
raise an issue that we, ourselves, cannot support in good conscience.
Santa Rosa, CA
On Jan 8, 2009, at 12:53 PM, jazzproglist at jazzweek.com wrote:
> Dear Jazz Radio Royalty,
> I have a problem. Maybe you can help me with it.
> I just received the new Elaine Elias and Jane Monheit CDs.
> Eliane's has eight color photos of her. One is a back view of her
> (legs for those of you not in the know).
> Lots of cleavage in the others and one has her posed, legs spread,
> a wire back chair.
> Quite a spread!
> Jane's CD has only five color photos of her. Mostly close up head
> Not much cleavage, The back tray card does feature, however, a
> mussed up
> pillow and unmade bed.
> My question:
> Which CD should I listen to first???
> By the way, what ever happened to letting the music speak for itself.
> Cynically Yours,
> Steve Schwartz
> Jazz from Studio Four
> Friday, 8p-midnight
> WGBH, 89.7FM, Boston
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