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  • Paul Segal wrote on January 11, 2010 report

    "Sojourn" was released in 2008. Why is it being reveiwed now?

    Paul Segal

  • John Kelman wrote on January 11, 2010 report

    AAJ is a volunteer-driven organization, and while we send out material to some of our writers, most are self-served with review material, and write about what moves them, when it moves them. Sometimes that means an older title is reviewed after the fact. Our view is, while we might have liked a review at the time, "better late than never." You'll note, at Otmaro's site, it's still listed as his "new disc," so it's not as if he's come out with a new disc since, so coverage is still absolutely relevant.

    With the high volume of releases coming out each and every month, while we certainly strive for coverage of all new releases, it's frankly just not possible. That said, we typically publish between 4 and 8 new CD reviews each and every day - a monthly total far in excess of print and other jazz websites.

    Rather than wondering why it's being reviewed now, isn't it better that it's being reviewed, period? Certainly I can assure you that, when it comes to the artists and labels, the adage "better late than never" certainly also applies, as it does us. It is, after all, the first review of the disc at a jazz website, so can't be anything but a good thing.


  • Heather Noonan wrote on January 11, 2010 report

    Well put! Also, Otmaro recently self-released the album after the label it was out on closed, thankfully giving this great album another chance to get out there!

  • Michael Ricci wrote on January 11, 2010 report

    According to Heather, it was released in 2008 and reissued in 2009, so I changed the date from 2010 to 2009. Thanks, Heather.

  • Paul Segal wrote on January 21, 2010 report

    You guys are quick to apportion blame. I have suggested that it might help readers to:
    1. List release dates, especially of CDs awaiting release.
    2. Tell readers where they can buy the CD.
    3. Inform readers if new releases are available only as digital (MP3) downloads (as if Wessell Anderson's most recent).

    The problem is not with AAJ. It's with the incredibly poor distribution of jazz CDs and the shamefully inept marketing of small labels.

    I always check CD-Baby for everything not listed at Amazon. Sometimes it does not get listed with them 'til weeks or months after the review appears.

    Now, try to find the interesting-sounding new CD by Yuri Goloubev. Not at Amazon. Not at CD-Baby. Not listed on the EmArcy web site. Is it out yet? If not, when?

  • John Kelman wrote on January 22, 2010 report

    Paul, we are not apportioning blame, simply trying to address each time you say you can't find where to buy something, there's invariably a place that we find - not from internal contacts, but by doing the same thing we suggest: google.

    I understand your position, but you have to realize that this is an international site, and many albums have different release dates (sometimes months apart). Which release date should we use?

    As for where to buy, if we start posting a suggested vendor, which should we use if there is more than one (as is often the case)? After all, if we use one vendor over another we could be accused of being unfairly prejudicial. Equally, which country should we use? It may be cheaper for you to buy it in the US, but for others, Japan might be the place. We cannot tell folks where to buy a cd for this and a myriad of other reasons.

    With more and more music going the digital route, it's not necessarily our function to define that either. After all, some labels are also putting out vinyl only, or concurrent vinyl...should we be listing all the possible formats of a release? Should we list, then, Japanese SHM CDs, as well? AAJ's reviews are about the music, and typically are of albums that, regardless of format, can be found easily with a google search. You'll also need to know that a lot of folks make albums available initially as downloads, hard cds later. We cannot keep track of all these things Paul- too many variables with no consistency.

    Being an international site, we simply cannot provide the kind of information you want in a way that addresses our global readership (and the US, btw, accounts for less than 50% of that readership). There would be no way we could address this for everyone satisfactorily.

    The reality, again, is that google is the only way, and it's dead easy. With Yuri's disc, for example, if you go to his website (easily found using google), on the landing page is this:

    So with one google search and two clicks I am taken somewhere where I can buy his CD. It's not amazon or cdbaby, because neither sell it, and you may not like the European price, but it is what it is.

    And all this leads back to google. My recommendation? Stop being so reliant on storefronts; use google and I will guarantee you that 99% of the time you'll be able to easily find info for buying the cd in question. That includes Yuri and virtually every complaint you've made about unavailability when we publish a review.

    I hope this at least addresses why we cannot do as you ask, and also why, in reference to your constant complaints about availability, our answer is always this: google.

    It's a big world out there, there are lots of albums (like Yuri's, for example) that are not distributed (at least, yet) in North America. You cannot always be assured of an American purchase solution. That's why you need to use the power of the web to find the solution that works for you - and given the fluidity of the industry, our being an international site precludes us from doing it for you.

    I cannot be any clearer and hope this addresses your concerns. Make google your friend, Paul; if you can't find a title that way, then by all means post and ask and we'll be happy to help.