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Where did it go?
Even if you can count the records on the wall using only your fingers and toes, chances are you know the feeling that hits when something mysteriously disappears. That tends to happen when you need the disc the most, of course.
All the nerds in the world who pile their shelves with recordings have some sort of filing system, and even then it can fall apart at a moment's notice. Depending on whether you've moved on to knuckles or hairs to keep count, it could be weeks or centuries until the missing item turns up. Doh!
The rocket scientists have a rule for this: it's called the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which essentially predicts an inevitable slide toward disorder. Fortunately they've also discovered that this trend can be reversed using energy.
When you're operating a web site with over 20,000 pages of information, it takes a lot of energy to keep everything together. We spend plenty of time here at All About Jazz just keeping the house clean and everything filed away on the virtual shelves.
But then sometimes things just fall together.
Case in point: this month's gallery , with 13 new collections of art. Most of these are photographic, like Lisa Linhardt's two sets of music in motion. Her coverage of Havana's PerCuba festival shows drummers bringing it home with fingers, palms, or stickspretty much anything to keep hot blood in the pulse.
Bob Parent amassed an archive of a couple hundred thousand photos (you read that right!) in his lifetime. We have two dozen. Billie Holliday (left) turns skyward; John Coltrane aims beyond his horn; and Sidney Bechet enters an out of body experience.
Two of our photographers bumped into each other at New York City's Vision Festival. Peter Gannushkin captured it in monochrome with a range of intensity from nuance to catharsis. Frank Rubolino caught it in bright color (with an abundance of blue), emphasizing the many ways these players listen. We'll leave it up to you to decide which player has the best hat! David S. Ware (right) is a strong contender.
A few other things came together as well. Our brand new District Jazz columnist Franz A. Matzner raced out of the gates with three inaugural articles covering performances in the D.C. area by Al Maniscalco , Benito Gonzalez , and the Stryker/Slagle Band . Miriam Zolin eagerly took the helm of our Notes From Down Under column, collecting news from all over Australia with profiles of pianist Mark Isaacs and Rufus Records label magnate Tim Dunn.
As for those 20,000 pages, we're busily adding to the stack. Just can't help ourselves. Check out our searchable directories, for example. We've recently expanded our festival listings (141 and counting), and there are also links to 1600 musicians , 650 record labels , 80 jazz societies , 430 venues ... and, well, you get the idea. Search one up.
Every so often we hear from a reader who stumbled across something prehistoric in the AAJ tar pits, but that's getting more and more rare every day. The menu bar will help you find whatever destination you choose, whether it be galleries or global jazz or directories.
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