Rubber Meets the Road

Michael Ricci By

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Dear fellow contributor,

We made several refinements and additions to the website in October and we are looking for your feedback and assistance moving forward. Please read on...


1. Expansion Plans—We Need Your Help
2. Welcome Aboard!

3. CD Reviews Wanted

4. Books to Review

5. Contributor-related Improvements

6. Archiving Older Interviews and Columns

7. Feedback wanted: How are we doing?

1. Expansion Plans—We Need Your Help

With Jeff Rzepiela moving on after the New Year (Jeff and wife Leanne are expecting! Congratz, Jeff!), we must find at least one editor to help us prepare CD reviews. If you can help us find someone, please contact me. Our biggest challenge to date has been finding and keeping reliable editorial help, so any suggestions are greatly appreciated. We'll need someone for six months.

2. Welcome Aboard!

There are some brand new faces at AAJ and we are thrilled to have them on board. Please welcome Lawrence Peryer, Dave Wayne and Adriana Carcu.

3. CD Reviews Wanted

We're looking for reviews of the following CDs:

Josh Nelson's Discoveries
Sidony Box's Pink Paradise

Mario Adnet's More Jobim Jazz

If you have a copy, like it, please move it closer to the top of your stack. Thanks!

4. Books to Review

The following books have been claimed for review:

Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion (Duke Univ)

Nica's Dream: The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness (W.W. Norton)

The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh and Wailer (W.W. Norton)
Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones (Univ Minn)

Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz For Justice (Univ. Calif.)

The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68 (Oxford)

Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry (Univ. Calif.)

Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (Oxford)
The History of Jazz (Oxford, Second Edition)

David Baker: A Legacy in Music (Indiana Univ)

Keystone Corner: Portrait of a Jazz Club (Indiana Univ)

Thanks to everyone who stepped up and requested a book to review.

5. Contributor-related Improvements

In addition to your profile pages and the CD cover art upload form, we also upgraded the Contributor Center and moved the various contributor report links (like "Top CD Reviewers") to the "All you need to know" dropdown box under "Join Our Staff."

6. Archiving Older Interviews and Columns

Super intern Mike Rubini has helped us top 12,000 Twitter followers and has built a new Facebook page. Mike is now hard at work helping us archive some of our pre-database interviews from 1999-2002. In case you missed it, read Mark Corroto's classic 2002 interview with Branford Marsalis.

7. Feedback wanted: How are we doing?

We're completely re-engineering our technical platform to improve AAJ and to support our future jazznearyou.com website. With significant changes behind us and with more on the way, I'd love to get your feedback on our recent improvements as well as changes you would like to see us make in the future. Feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you for your continued support and creativity,

Michael Ricci Founder/Publisher

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