[Dixielandjazz] Burning CDs - Sending Lead Sheets

LARRY'S Signs and Large Format Printing sign.guy at charter.net
Fri Jun 3 13:19:22 PDT 2005

I personally would rather that people not record me or my band.  This is
more for artistic reasons.  Jazz is an experimental thing.  Occasionally
something doesn't work, someone doesn't come in exactly right, or the horn
won't sound or in my case a couple of gigs ago someone turned over a table.

Quality wise live recordings almost never, even by the best bands, are as
good as a studio recording.  Like all the performers we all have our best
side and like a professional photographer prefer to show the best shots and
not the one of the floor or someone's feet. Our ears filter out a lot of
junk when we are at a club or performing live but the recorder filters out
nothing.  I have a couple of recordings that I suspect the groups had crowd
noise and applause dubbed in over their studio recording to make it sound

What kind of jerk would tell someone that they were going to have their CD
copied?  We all know it happens but that would be a real bite.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 11:05 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Burning CDs - Sending Lead Sheets

> Interesting question/situation this recording of bands, burning of CDs
> and/or sending copies of lead sheets. Especially since I am in possession
> about 200 cassette tapes of Stanley's Washboard Kings, recorded over the
> years by a fan with their permission, for personal use. With musicians
> Kellso, Exklund, Polcer, Muranyi et al, the top guys in NYC. The fan died
> and left the tapes to a jazz club. There could have been commercial
> but the club declined and gave them to me for safe keeping.  None of the
> musicians I spoke with who are on them wish to see them sold for
> gain. Mostly, they feel they should be destroyed. (Stanley has copies)
> Like Bill Gunter, I do not object if people ASK first when they want to
> record the band for their own use. When they do not ask, however, I
> them for having a lot of gall in presuming to record our music without the
> simple courtesy of asking, and tell them to shut the machine off.
> Same thing with lead sheets. If you want a lead sheet, buy the sheet music
> from a music store. If we continually trade music, sooner or later, the
> originals will dry up. Then incorrect lead sheets will be passed around
> the degradation of the music will continue. Just like all those fake books
> out there with the wrong changes, measures left out, etc.
> Recording w/o permission, or passing around lead sheets is, IMO, a pure
> simple act of theft. Yet we all, including me, have done it. (As we speak,
> I'm trying to quit)
> There is no "ethical" substitute for buying a CD from the band, and/or
> buying the sheet music from a music store. For goodness sake, what does it
> cost for the few time a year you do it?
> The gal could have bought the sheet music to "Are You Lonesome Tonight"
> presented it to her husband signed by herself and a bunch of pretty
> neighbors, etc. (or whatever) It would have made a neat gift. Cost? $5
> or so? Unless framed, then a bit more, but still a very neat gift.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> PS. I suspect that those performers who give their music away, are also
> often the ones who also see nothing wrong with copping a free lead sheet
> instead of buying the sheet music. Or recording bands without asking.
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