In this week's edition of the new album releases, we find things starting to pick up a bit as the record industry begins to lumber back to life following the post-holiday season hangover. But before we get to that, a few housekeeping items are in order.
Change is afoot here at the weekly new album release column. And we think they are some changes that you regular readers here are going to like. Beginning with this week's column, in addition to my regular rundown of all the new releases, we are going to begin including a weekly feature where a guest BC writer will focus in on a personal album pick of note, and write a few choice words on why this particular release might merit your own special attention.
The good news, is that for this daunting task I've enlisted two of BC's very best music writers.
You already know Mark Saleski as something of the unofficial "dean" of BC music critics, and for his two popular columns, The Friday Morning Listen and the sadly, soon to be retired feature Tuesday Morning Purchase (but I'll let Sir Mark tell you more about that in his own space here at BC).
Although Mark has decided to retire his Tuesday feature, he has graciously agreed to continue on the tradition of a weekly pick right here in the new album release column. And so...drumroll please...this week it gives me great pleasure to announce the debut of Saleski's Choice.
Oh, but that's not all boys and girls.
Since any great team's backup needs to be just as good as the starting lineup, we will also be joined here from time to time by the one and only Tom Johnson. In addition to being another of BC's star music writers, Tom offers his own rather unique perspectives on all things tune-related in his own ongoing regular BC feature Re:Collection. Like Sir Mark, when it comes to music Tom is a guy who knows what he's talking about. Tom has also agreed to contribute his own picks here on a semi-regular basis.
Either I'm the luckiest weekly new release columnist on the planet, or these two guys have hatched an evil master plan to put me out of business. Time will tell, but the way I see it, the readers win. So, with the introductions out of the way, and without further adieu, we bring you...
Among some of my Internet friends, I'm known for being into "obscure" jazz. I suppose this is true, though given the average person's engagement with the jazz world (face it people, it's a pretty small number, percentage-wise), the definition of "obscure" is a slippery one.