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  • Paul Segal wrote on December 30, 2008 report

    Once again, this CD, issued in Japan, is essentially unavailable to American audiences. More and more of the material reviewed on this site is out-of-print by the time the review appears.

  • Tamir Hendelman wrote on December 31, 2008 report

    This CD (with English liner notes) is available on CDBaby.com at:
    http://cdbaby.com/cd/tamirhendelman
    They should be restocked by January 2nd.
    Hope you find this info helpful- and enjoy the music.

  • John Kelman wrote on December 31, 2008 report

    Paul,
    While I appreciate your predicament, the reality is that All About Jazz, being a web-based publication with an audience that extends far and wide beyond the confines of North America, cannot just restrict itself to material that's easily available on the US (or, for that matter, Canada, where I live).

    We also have to consider now reviewing material that is only available in digital download only format, since there are some artists who are now going that route - and I suspect that's something you're going to find happening more and more often.

    With the web breaking down artificial geographic boundaries, it's now possible for you to purchase albums that never see the light of day Stateside. They may be more expensive, but as a site devoted to music around the world, cost certainly cannot be a criteria for determining whether or not a release gets reviewed.

    It's the new landscape of music distribution, and it's a fact that some artists have trouble finding US distribution. An example being From a Dream, a new release by the wonderful guitar trio MGT - Wolfgang Muthspiel, Slava Grigoryan and Ralph Towner. Released on Muthspiel's Material Records, is it really fair that AAJ wait until distribution is arranged in the US?

    I hope this helps explain. I know it doesn't make things any easier (or cheaper!) for you, but at least it makes clear why we need to approach music as something not confined by artificial borders or distribution arrangements.

    Happy New Year to you and everyone here!
    John