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Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

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While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

Aspen Edities: The Album as a Work of Art

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It's a paradox of the digital age that it has spawned some of the most beautiful physical editions of music, but perhaps it's quite logical. In an age where almost everything becomes available digitally, it's a good thing for a physical product to distinguish itself. This is exactly what the records from the Belgian-based label Aspen ...

ECM @ 50

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2019 marks the 50th anniversary of German record label ECM Records. Since its founding by Manfred Eicher the label has maintained unwavering standards of excellence, characterized by an unmistakable visual identity and rigorous production values. In addition to some 20 concerts featuring ECM artists, the 2019 Big Ears Festival (full review here) also hosted an “ECM ...

Hubro: Making Room for Marginalized Music

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There are times when a record label becomes more than just a label. It becomes an embodiment of a certain period in time. In Norway, think of the German label ECM with the emergence of the so-called Nordic sound propelled by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and drummer Jon Christensen. Later, Rune Grammofon summed up a more ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

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Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

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Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

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Inner Circle Music: Creativity and Community Spirit

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The music industry today is defined by a strange paradox: there are too few labels and too many. On the one hand, the major labels have merged and sign less jazz artists, meaning the dream of a company with plenty of promotional muscles becomes harder to achieve. On the other hand, more and more musicians have ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

HOOB Records: Ten Years Young

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There is something romantic about starting a record label nowadays. With few financial incentives and a whole bunch of work to do to get the record recorded, promoted and distributed, it's a wonder people start records labels it at all. But they do. And many do it very well indeed.

Artistic freedom is an ...

Kuai Music: Moving Jazz Forward Collectively

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The history of jazz is often told as an evolution propelled by great individuals whose singular sounds have helped to shape the aesthetic of the music. This is understandable since artists like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis really DID influence the development of jazz and this is confirmed every time ...

Real World Records: Passion and Authenticity are Fundamental

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Last year Real World Records celebrated its 25th anniversary with an exclusive box set that dig deep into the label's vaults and shed light on the plethora of artists that have released for the renowned world music label. Founded in 1989, with collaboration with singer Peter Gabriel, it exposed some of the finest world music artists ...