105

Aficionado

By

Sign in to view read count
Through the Net, I was able to find a like-minded listener on the other side of the planet, share some music, and leave the encounter with a new CD for my shopping list.
For a lifelong Jazz aficionado, one of the coolest things about the Net is that it offers unique ways to discover new music. Lately, I've been listening to soundclips, online radio and legal downloading services. And thanks to my broadband connection, friends email me MP3 files, so there's no shortage of new music coming out of my computer speakers.

Although the marketing and delivery of digital music improves daily, it's still the recommendation of a friend that matters most. This is viral marketing, when one person turns another on to a track, an artist, or a recording, and then that person turns on another, etc. The movie biz calls it "word of mouth."

In the old days, the delivery medium was the cassette. Filesharing is just an extension of those cassettes, but because it's so easy, we need to revise our copyright laws. Before the legal brouhaha, I used Napster to find new music, with sometimes startling results. Today, I wouldn't use Kazaa or Grokster, not so much for fear of a lawsuit, but because they load up your computer with spyware that's nearly impossible to remove.

In its first incarnation, Napster was a musical gold mine. Instead of buying an entire recording, I'd download a few tracks, listen and then buy the CD if I liked the music. Of course many people downloaded and would never buy the music. Hence the current controversy.

Napster also had an instant messaging feature that allowed filesharers to communicate, if that option was enabled in your configuration.

One time I was downloading a Jobim track, a version of his "Photograph." I had Joe Henderson's interpretation and to wanted to hear the original. Suddenly, I got an instant message from the person who was sharing it. He saw that I was downloading his music and wanted to talk about. An engineer with a few minutes to spare, he was online in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

I've loved Brazilian music since Stan Getz recorded "Desafinado" so this chat was quite informative and an opportunity to communicate with someone I'd probably never meet face to face. He asked why I chose to download that particular file, and I told him about Joe Henderson's Jobim recording, "Double Rainbow." He hadn't heard it and asked me to wait a moment, and he did a search for the music but couldn't find it online at that time but said he would definitely search again.

Then he suggested that I check out another Jobim composition, Matita Pere. I put him on hold and quickly found the music, from a 1996 CD only available in Brazil. As we spoke, the track downloaded, and I was able to listen immediately, and discuss it with my newfound friend.

All of this within ten minutes! Through the Net, I was able to find a like-minded listener on the other side of the planet, share some music, and leave the encounter with a new CD for my shopping list. Since then, I've introduced several friends to the Jobim recording, and I suspect my Brazilian friend has probably purchased the Joe Henderson CD, as well.

Napster was shut down by the courts and has been reborn in legal form, without instant messaging. Yet, this experience clearly demonstrated the power of this technology. To try some of this today, check out Rhapsody. And throughout the web there are numerous forums and vehicles for music-related cyber communication including the All About Jazz Forums.

Given the global audience for America's homegrown art form, I strongly suspect that at this very moment, someone, somewhere is online asking a stranger, "have you heard Alice Coltrane's new CD?"

Shop

More Articles

Read Being Avant Garde: How to Pull Off the Creative Life Jazz and the Net Being Avant Garde: How to Pull Off the Creative Life
by Jeff Winke
Published: June 21, 2014
Read The Grand Unified Field Of Harmony Part 1 Jazz and the Net The Grand Unified Field Of Harmony Part 1
by Catrina Daimon Lee
Published: July 7, 2011
Read Sonny Rollins is My Rabbi Jazz and the Net Sonny Rollins is My Rabbi
by Bret Primack
Published: September 20, 2005
Read Summer Heat from Bird/Diz, and Sonny Rollins Jazz and the Net Summer Heat from Bird/Diz, and Sonny Rollins
by Bret Primack
Published: July 26, 2005
Read Internet Television Jazz and the Net Internet Television
by Bret Primack
Published: April 20, 2005
Read All Saxophonists Will Be Shot On Sight Jazz and the Net All Saxophonists Will Be Shot On Sight
by Bret Primack
Published: March 28, 2005
Read "Hristo Vitchev: Charting His Own Way" Catching Up With Hristo Vitchev: Charting His Own Way
by David Becker
Published: November 22, 2016
Read "Words and Music: Why Liner Notes Matter" What is Jazz? Words and Music: Why Liner Notes Matter
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 19, 2016
Read "Charles Mingus: Mingus in Wonderland – 1959" My Blue Note Obsession Charles Mingus: Mingus in Wonderland – 1959
by Marc Davis
Published: August 15, 2016
Read "Bray Jazz 2016" Live Reviews Bray Jazz 2016
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 10, 2016
Read "Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball" Interviews Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 9, 2017
Read "Jerome Wilson's  Best Releases of 2016" Best of / Year End Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2016
by Jerome Wilson
Published: December 13, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!