The David Berkman Sextet
"BLOWING SMOKE" from "SIX OF ONE"
NEW SHORT REVIEW QUOTES
"BEST OF JAZZ..."
Jazz Artistry Now has established a new review platform that enables us to write something about more of the great music that is submitted to us for review. Although we do not write full reviews of every music submission we receive, we do select certain recordings for full reviews that appear in our online Jazz Artistry Now magazine.
Best Of Jazz... features album ratings and review quotes that can be used by artists and publicists and listening jazz fans alike to encourage engagement of brilliant new music in a meaningful and significant way.
BEST OF JAZZ FEATURES:
- Downloadable PDF
- Titles link to the music
- All music accepted at JAN is 3.5 to 4.5 stars
- Review quotes can be used in publicity materials
LIGHTNING STRIKING TWICE
Jazz Artistry Now is officially returning from an unanticipated hiatus. Our home was hit by lightning - yeah, that lightning, the one with each bolt can contain up to one billion volts of electricity. That has kept us busy replacing several major systems. We even got a new roof out of the deal. Thankfully, nobody was hurt and there was no fire that burned down our home. But, the entire ordeal was a protracted process that caused us to curtail certain endeavors due to being consumed with matters related to the lightning strike.
And, our roof was actually hit twice by the same lightning bolt ...
... now with our house as good as (or, perhaps better than) new, it's good to be back!
METHODOLOGY & PRACTICE
The reason for starting Jazz Artistry Now was to review great music. Great music has no expiration date nor does it diminish in artistic relevancy once it goes beyond our traditional industry publicity timeline. We are not bound to that paradigm.
We get hundreds of submissions. We select music to review and review it when we are able to thoroughly consider it along with the other submissions. Sometimes it takes many listens and even coming back to a record before it is given to one of our writers.
So, among our reviews of some of the latest brand new releases will be reviews of releases from a year or two ago as well.
No expiration date.
We've also gone to asking for DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY because we get too much physical product. Although many artists have told us the copies we get are "promo" copies, we still would rather the artist or label retain the physical compact disc and sell it, rather than send it to us for review consideration. We give the CDs to our public library so that people who might not otherwise be exposed to such high quality art can hear the music. Hopefully a new fan or two is cultivated as well.
Thanks, again! We appreciate the phenomenal support Jazz Artistry Now has received from artists and other industry colleagues alike. We're sincerely happy to be at a place where we can devote quality time to the magazine. It's good to be back.
All the best, Cb
Christopher Burnett, Editor
Jazz Artistry Now
The music has become a worldwide phenomenon in ways that the founders of the art likely never imagined it would.
There is so much quality music being created and documented in our times.
So, another high-quality editorial space to present and document objective commentary, articles, and reviews is much welcomed.
JAN aspires to create a digital place where fans of progressive music will visit regularly, artists creating the music will find refreshing in context, and publicists or promoters can count on a quality product in our criticism and reviews.
We are very selective about the content we ultimately present and publish at Jazz Artistry Now.
Authenticity. Originality. Forward Thinking. Left Leaning.
JAN uses a 5-point scale for reviews. We only review music we think is in the 3.5 to 4.5 out of 5 stars range. So, all of the music reviewed here is the best of the best in our editorial and collective informed opinions.
Our highest review rating is 4.5 because objective reality remains that nobody is 5 stars. We know that some writers and publications give fives. But, is there really a five-out-of-five recording, though? We say not. So, if we write about yours, or your client's recording, it is likely among the best music being released by any scale.
When JAN publishes a review, the recording is representative of the best jazz artistry now.