Two new labels from production company Nu Jazz Entertainment aim to take jazz recordings to a new level-the digital level.
Nu Jazz Records and Nu Jazz Video plan to release more than 30 high definition audio and video projects each via NuJazz Entertainment. Artists working with the labels include saxophonist Jimmy Greene (pictured with Luques Curtis), drummer Geoff Clapp, saxophonist Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson and Walter Blanding, Jr., one of the original Tough Young Tenors.
“By making all of our audio and video products available exclusively for digital download, we’re able to bring new performances to jazz lovers around the world on a consistent, and almost instantaneous basis,” said Nu Jazz Entertainment founder Jerald Miller in a press release.
Users can download releases directly to their computers from the Nu Jazz Web site, as well as through downloading services like iTunes, Zune Marketplace and Amazon. In addition to single-track downloads, Nu Jazz offers full-length albums on the “Digital Music Card” for $9.99, with bonus features like audio interviews and photos.
“Digital Music Cards,” Miller explained, “are pre-manufactured plastic cards, which contain album artwork on the front, and a unique download ‘scratch-off’ code on the back, with instructions on how to redeem the cards.”
The jazz label is the first in the industry to offer specifically manufactured cards for their releases. But for those who wish to have a physical copy of a CD or DVD, the label has a “Manufacture on Demand” partnership with Amazon.com’s “CreateSpace” on-demand self-publishing. CDs and DVDs for physical purchase are priced at $16.98 and $24.98, respectively.
A second version, the “Digital Music and Video Album,” gives the purchaser a full-length concert video as well as bonus features. The music and video albums retail for $19.98, according to a press release from Nu Jazz Entertainment.