New albums of old music have become a major category for the economically challenged jazz record industry. The TCB label’s “Swiss Radio Days” series is now up to 42 volumes. The previously unissued material comes from concerts in Switzerland, mostly by famous Americans, recorded between 1946 and 1978 for radio broadcasts.
With archival releases, it is all about the package. The great archival labels (Mosaic, Sony Legacy, Resonance) provide optimized sound, copious photographs and comprehensive documentation. They place a recording profoundly in its place and time. TCB packages provide minimal background and context for particular concerts. Yvan Ischer’s liner notes for Zurich 1964 contain general biographical riffs on the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet. TCB’s important strength is sound. This live monophonic recording puts the music in a believable large acoustic space, Kongresshaus in Zurich.