Record Labels Evolve To Stay Relevant In Streaming Era

A new report based on almost 50 interviews with top-level executives at major and independent record labels, industry analyst and educator Larry Miller digs into how streaming and the digital age have made record labels an indispensable partner for the most ambitious new, developing and superstar artists.

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INTERVIEW: Jessica Radcliffe

Vocalist JESSICA RADCLIFFE was the lead singer with NYJO from 2012 to 2014, following on in that role after Emma Smith. However, her debut album, has nothing of swing repertoire or standards or big bands or vocal display. Her Remembrance Project is  about the experience of two world wars. She explains the steps that have led her to record this very personal project. Interview by  Sebastian Scotney.

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Ubuntu Music to Release Laurence Hobgood Album!

Marlbank breaks the news!

“Hobgood is continually pulling rabbits out of hats, getting me to re-think and re-feel songs I’ve heard thousands of times, shining a light on hidden structure and interplays I had never noticed before,” according to Dr Daniel J. Levitin who wrote the million selling This is Your Brain on Music.

The latest “rabbits” on pianist composer Laurence Hobgood’s upcoming jazz trio + strings album Tesseterra, more than four years in the making according to issuing label Ubuntu, include ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Blackbird’, and  ‘We Shall Overcome’ among the instantly familiar repertoire he tackles.

The recording features pianist composer Hobgood famed for his work with Kurt Elling and Charlie Haden alongside bassist Matthew Clohesy and drummer Jared Schonig + the ETHEL string quartet.

In an video issued to promote the project Hobgood says the process involved: “Writing for jazz trio and string quartet where we take songs that everybody knows, iconic songs and rework them in thoroughly fleshed out and imaginative ways that are intended to delight and suspend time if possible.” Release date, no exact date has been specified yet, is February/March.

Blue Note's High Notes: The Jazz Label Celebrates 80 Years

In 1939, a German-Jewish immigrant (Alfred Lion) and a writer-musician-activist (Max Margulis) founded Blue Note Records, a jazz label, in New York. 2019 marks its 80th anniversary, making it among the oldest American record labels as well as home to some jazz’s most iconic albums -- and most relevant contemporary artists, including Robert Glasper, Norah Jones and Ambrose Akinmusire.

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