Monday, November 22, 2010
It's the time of year when music nerds start thinking about compiling best-of lists. And for the first time, I won't own physical copies of most of the titles in my rankings. I'm not a big fan of MP3s but there just aren't any Kansas City retailers that stock much current jazz. Find me an area store with a copy of Apex by Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green in stock and I'll buy you a beer.
It wasn't always like this. I remember buying albums on the ECM label at Classical Westport. I first explored the Miles Davis catalog during 3-for-$10 Sony "Nice Price" sales. Yours truly once managed the jazz section at a Penny Lane Records store. (While the opportunity thrilled me, I suspect that my manager LeRoi Johnson bestowed the title on me in lieu of a raising my hourly pay.) The Record Cabinet and the Music Exchange are also sorely missed.
I'm curious- how do Plastic Sax readers acquire new music? Do you download (legally or otherwise), order from e-retailers like Amazon or resort to picking up old vinyl at neighborhood garage sales?
And in case you're curious- Bobby Watson's The Gates BBQ Suite is my album of the year.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)