Get The (Jazz) Label

“Ask a member of the general public what label their favorite musician records for, and they’re not likely to know. To many it seems an arcane detail, and in some sense it is. Labels are commonly viewed as a means to an end, as mere conduits rather than shapers of musical culture. We are aware of individual artists but often take for granted the aural and visual worlds that labels create through their catalogs.Today, many believe that the ‘golden age’ of jazz has passed. But there are probably more jazz labels than ever before. The vast majority are small, independent operations.”