Listening to the Full Books

AllAboutJazz just recently published an article on listening to the Live at the Jazz Standard Full Books. Mark Corroto details his experience going through the 7 GB, 22 hours of music in 20 sets spanning 10 days. Likening each set to a chapter in a book, Corroto gives interesting illuminations on the consumption of music, the changing marketplace, and the sizable but fruitful task of the listening to the Douglas Full Books.

We appreciate the kind words, Mark. We’re glad you enjoyed the experience.

Dave Douglas’ Fetish Busting Greenleaf Digital Music Experience
by Mark Corrato

The assignment was simple enough. I was to listen online to trumpet and cornet player Dave Douglas’ recordings Quintet: Live at the Jazz Standard and Keystone Live at the Jazz Standard at, and write about them. So why hadn’t I touched the play button nearly three weeks after receiving the music?

Sure, sometimes a jazz writer gets a new disc, say Joe The Plumber Sings Sinatra, and he/she might put it on the top of a stack of things entitled “things I have to get to if John McCain decides to run again.” But these are recordings by the brilliant Dave Douglas. His quintet is, perhaps, the 21st century equivalent to trumpeter Miles Davis’ bands. I dig these bands, and Douglas perennially gets my vote for best jazz musician.

Why wasn’t I listening to it?

The why may be tied to the what it is that awaits me. 7 GB of music was my task. Let me put that in perspective: 7 GB is 22 hours of music, as two different bands played 20 sets spanning 10 days at New York’s Jazz Standard. That’s 20 CDs or, let me get a calculator… something like 38 LP sides. Certainly my iPod can handle it, but the human factor worried me.

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