OPINION: Why Labels Hate the Idea of Simplifying Copyrights…

Copyright simplification could have monumental implications for the music industry, not just for startups, but also for preservationists, producers, artists, and fans. The only problem is that some of the most powerful companies in this space absolutely hate the idea.

The latest example involves copyrights surrounding recordings, which enter this byzantine and confusing terrain if the song was recorded before 1972 (at least in the US). That’s when sound recording copyrights were federalized, and shifted from a mish-mosh of individual state laws…

The Birdland Big Band — Birdland Big Band, New York, NY, December 28, 2011

The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe Birdland New York, NY December 28, 2011

Establishing a foothold in the world of big bands today is no easy feat. Strong label support and distribution (m: Gordon Goodwin‘s Big Phat Band, for example), constant touring, television appearances and festival appearances (as with m: Wynton Marsalis and the LCJO), the weight of big band history (in the case of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), and/or a unique, high brow concept in musical presentation (thinking of m: Maria Schneider Orchestra) often help big bands looking to build a following, but The Birdland Big Band has managed to carve a place for itself without any such benefit. Its weekly Friday Happy Hour gig at its namesake club has become the place to be when the night is young, and the band has made it so through word of mouth about its high standard of musical excellence in performance…

PERFORMANCE/TOUR: The Omer Avital Group – "Free Forever" (Part 2 of 4 Part Series)

OVERVIEW:

For those looking for a quick synopsis of Free Forever, and they don’t get much pithier than this, I can satisfy your curiosity in three words: Go Get It. This album has so much to offer. When I looked at the release date, I was a bit shocked to see 2011; I’ve seen most of the « Best of 2011 Jazz Albums » posted online, but don’t recall even seeing this mentioned. A quickly google search confirmed my suspicion. Ok, maybe I read the date wrong…nope, recorded in 2007, released in May 2011. Ahh…I know, the noted critic Ted Gioia did a top 100 albums and there was a pretty heavy emphasis on jazz. Damn, not only did Free Forever not show up in his top 100, but it didn’t even make it into the next 25 denoted as honorable mention. Well, I’m here to tell you&#151all these critics are wrong! Ok, that’s being a bit facetious&#151I understand the « best of… » and « top 10, 50, 100 jazz albums of the year » are highly subjective and unimaginably hard to put together. That being said, how this recording didn’t make at least a few of these lists is beyond me (not to mention being excluded from Gioia’s top 125)…

Tallinn 2011 Ends: World of Glass / 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero

World of Glass and 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero Tallinn 2011 Von Krahl and Port of Tallinn Tallin, Estonia December 20-22, 2011

Having visited Tallinn earlier in the year for its annual Jazzkaar jazz festival–an even more special event, thanks to additional funding as part of Tallinn 2011 (the city’s celebration as European Capital of Culture), including an invite to Norway’s Punkt Live Remix Festival for a two-day festival-within-a-festival that turned out to be one of the year’s best live events–and learning of the myriad of projects in play for the year, two in particular stood out. Originally scheduled to take place later in the year but months apart, however, there seemed little chance of making a return trip to catch one–let alone both–of these unique artistic events. But one person’s bad luck is another’s good fortune, and with both events ultimately scheduled for consecutive days in late December as Tallinn 2011 wrapped up, the 16-hour return trip to Estonia, to experience both World of Glass and 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero, became a reality…

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Herbie Nichols

All About Jazz is celebrating Herbie Nichols’ birthday today!

Herbie Nichols is a perennially neglected jazz pianist and composer. He recorded less than half of his 170 compositions on three classic trio albums for Blue Note and one for Bethlehem before dying of leukemia at the age of 43 in 1963. He is often compared to Thelonious Monk, and his piano playing and compositions certainly do have some of the harmonic angularity people associate with Monk…Herbie Nichols is a perennially neglected jazz pianist and composer. He recorded less than half of his 170 compositions on three classic trio albums for Blue Note and one for Bethlehem before dying of leukemia at the age of 43 in 1963. He is often compared to Thelonious Monk, and his piano playing and compositions certainly do have some of the harmonic angularity people associate with Monk… more…

Rez Abbasi: Thoroughly Modern Marvel

Guitarist Rez Abbasi is part of a generation of jazz musicians who came of age after the conservative backlash of the 1980s. He and his peers are making their mark on America’s art form by contributing their rich and varied cultural backgrounds and with an embrace of popular culture that was heresy in some quarters for far too long…

ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM: Musician Tip: AAJ Account vs Musician Profile

Attn: Musicians:

If it has been a while since you last updated your musician profile, you may find the All About Jazz account and musician profile relationship confusing. We’re here to help.

Everyone signs up at AAJ (including musicians) and creates an account. Musicians must take an extra step and create their professional (musician) profile. We email you the how-to instructions when you sign up at the website…

Take Five With The Le Boeuf Brothers

Meet Le Boeuf Brothers: Prepare to be astonished by the bold compositions and stylish approach of the Le Boeuf Brothers, jazz twins with an ear for innovation, drama, and a touch of humor. Part of a growing New York jazz scene characterized by odd time signatures, current indie rock, and the influences of artists such as Radiohead, m: Kurt Rosenwinkel and m: Herbie Hancock, Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf (saxophone and piano) play a sophisticated brand of modern jazz that, despite its complexity, remains upbeat and accessible to any audience…

EVENT: Alternative Guitar Summit Brings Together Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Ben Monder, Thurston Moore: Jan. 13-15, Plus Many More

m: Joel Harrison presents the Alternative Guitar Summit Co-sponsored by the New York Guitar Festival

Featuring m: Nels Cline, m: Mary Halvorson, m: Vic Juris, m: Ben Monder, m: Thurston Moore and many more!

January 13, 14 and 15, 2012 e: Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen Street New York, NY 10002 (212) 477-4155…