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What a year for record numbers. All About Jazz reached an all-time high for visitors in October (800,552), published 331 CD reviews in August, and won our fourth consecutive JJA Best Website Concentrating on Jazz award. More importantly, we continued to build the backend systems that will drive the site for the next ten years.
In 2004, we focused on content expansion and delivery. This year we focused on cultivating our readership, and our two new sectionsthe Visual Arts Center and the Daily Download Centerplayed a vital role in driving readers back to AAJ every day.
There's still plenty of "heavy lifting" to do though. We plan to kick off the much-anticipated MY AAJ development in January and segue into the Regional Calendar of Events (and event ticketing) in May. Expect additional artist services, a jazz teacher finder (for students), and a download store later the year.
All sounds great, but what about the music?
With my trusty portable player by my side, I listened to thousands of Jazz CDs. And this year, more than ever, I relied on staff suggestions and was exposed to some terrific music as a result. Thanks everyone!
The recordings listed below represent the most memorable in my 2005 listening experience.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.