I’ve been so impressed by the music and swinging ingenuity of Gordon Au’s Grand Street Stompers that I’ve been following them whenever I could . . . and now, hearing that they are raising funds for their first compact disc . . . . I’ll let Gordon tell you all about it.
For more information, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Grand-St-Stompers?a=83108&i=emal
I know that in the past compact discs just tumbled out from a wide range of record companies . . . and this still happens, although to a lesser extent.
Things have changed over the last thirty years, though: you may have noticed that the bins and browsers at your local record store are no longer filled with new records from Decca, Columbia, Impulse, Prestige, RCA Victor, Pablo, and a hundred others.
Many of the artists we all delight in haven’t got the backing of one of the few companies still extant, or have chosen to go their own way because they value the freedom to make the music we love. So the self-produced CD (or download) is often necessary: but ask your favorite player or singer how much that CD cost . . . and has (s)he broken even yet?
Enthusiastic listeners ask many bands, “Why haven’t you guys made a CD yet?”
The answer is often, “We haven’t got the four or five or ten thousand dollars we need to do it.”
And — in small amounts — that’s where you might come in.
The March 2011 sessions will feature (among others) Gordon, trombonist Matt Musselman, reed players Dennis Lichtman and Dan Levinson, guitarist Nick Russo, pianist Ehud Asherie, bassist Rob Adkins, drummer Kevin Dorn, and singer Tamar Korn. And I’m sure there will be surprise guests, unusual repertoire, old songs done in new ways — what we love from the GSS.
So do lend a hand!
GIVE A HAND TO ALL THE MUSICIANS. CLICK HERE: ALL MONEY COLLECTED GOES TO THEM!