The Jazz.com Blog
January 09, 2008 · 0 comments
Jazz.com celebrates its first month on the web today. And what an eventful month it has been. Since opening our doors, we have published hundreds of pages of new content Ė including 54 reviews during the last week alone. We continue to expand our coverage, both in terms of geography (three overseas reviewers brought on board in the last few days) and musical styles (check out the survey of Frank Zappa on our home page). Since opening we have also published daily blog entries, eleven Dozens columns, two new art galleries in our Visual Jazz department, and various features, interviews, discographies, etc.
We are also featuring a current release as Song of the Day and a historical track as A Classic Revisited five days per week. In general, our goal is to provide an even balance between keeping up with the best of the contemporary jazz scene and celebrating the musicís heritage and traditions.
But while we may be taking baby steps, we are dreaming about our Giant Steps. We want our track reviews to provide complete coverage of the full history of the music, from the earliest days of jazz to the latest releases. We recognize that in this day of (legal) downloading, there is a great need for a comprehensive guide to jazz tracks, rather than standard CD reviews. If you havenít already done so, check out the review search engine in the sidebar of our Music page. A search will bring back results with the highest ranking tracks at the top. So, with a few keystrokes, you can identify (for example) the twelve Miles Davis tracks that have received 100 point reviews (on our 0-100 scale).
And unlike reviewers who live in the world of print media, we invite and publish your comments on all of our reviews. In some instances, we print multiple reviews from our staff covering a single track, to offer a variety of perspectives on a specific performance. We also invite feedback in our forums, our blogs and elsewhere on the site. The great advantage of an Internet-based jazz resource is the interactivity and dialogue it allows -- so we have sought to facilitate this wherever possible.
But this dialogue only works as a two-way street. We encourage you to speak up, and add your own perspectives on our pages. And if there are areas you would like us to address that we arenít yet covering, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This blog entry posted by Ted Gioia