Should I Release this Material as a New Album?

October 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

Earlier this year I released a new album entitled Still Hungry, noted in my blog post of June 10, 2010. This album is largely fusion material.

Since then I have been working on a number of smooth jazz arrangements (again chronicled here in my blog) — many of which are new versions of tunes I wrote back in the late ’70s when I first got into playing jazz.The rest are more recent tunes, although only one is new to this project. The majority are in the guitar/bass/keys/drums format where I play the guitar and bass parts and program the drums and keys. A few are more heavily produced arrangements with multiple guitar and keyboard parts, brass and percussion. This is a likely arrangement of the tracks with links to listen:

Title Stream MP3
1. Trying Again (3:48) click click
2. Never on Level (nor even) (3:37) click click
3. New Home Again (3.59) click click
4. Mainstream (4:14) click click
5. Free Sample (3:59) click click
6. Green Dolphin Street
(B. Kaper, N. Washington: EMI Feist, ASCAP)
click click
7. Stainless (4:07) click click
8. Gerry’s Song (3:39) click click
9. Don’t Want to Go (4:30) click click
10. Walk Beside Me (4:19) click click
11. All I Need (3:28) click click
12. Two for One (4:33) click click

I’ve also generated some likely cover art:

So the question is, should I release this material as an album on CD Baby? While it isn’t overly costly to do so, it isn’t free, and revenues from recording sales have not been doing well at all — for me or the industry as a whole. Any thoughts as to the viability of this material?

Entry filed under: bass guitar, Guitar, Jazz, Music, Oldies, Smooth Jazz.

Green Dolphin Street – A Jazz Classic Holiday Music Arrangements – 2010

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