[Dixielandjazz] Concord Records-- marketing philosopy

Norman Vickers nvickers1 at cox.net
Mon May 10 08:33:43 PDT 2010

To:  Musicians and Jazzfans; DJML


Jazz journalist Ken Dryden of Chattanooga comments on  current  marketing philosophy of Concord Records.


Thanks, Ken. 


From: Ken Dryden [mailto:askkendryden at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2010 10:22 AM

Subject: Re: Concord Records-- marketing philosopy




What Concord has done is gutted the jazz catalog of Concord, Telarc and the various labels under the Fantasy Umbrella (Prestige/Riverside/Milestone/Fantasy/Pablo and OJC reissues), put a practical halt to releasing hidden gems in their archives, instead concentrating adding lots of other genres to their roster. While I applaud their business model, they have devastated what was the mightiest jazz catalog under one roof. 


I've already heard their argument that since downloads are still available (even though physical product no longer is) that this music is not "out of print."


It's hard to get an artist autograph a download after a concert, while a collection of MP3s is hardly an heirloom equivalent to a collection that took decades to build.


Ken Dryden




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