I was listening to a podcast of NPR Jazz Profiles about Gil Evans when David Sanborn said something that struck a chord with me.
He said “He (Evans) didn’t try to recreate the past, he didn’t try to live in the past. It was like… then. Because then you become… the past, then you become… preserved in amber… and that’s the death of an artist… is to be, imprisoned by people’s image of who they think he is…”
Sanborn’s comment reminded me that as artists, everyone tries to move forward and reach a higher level. But what happens when those efforts are not recognized for their originality in their time, unlike Evan’s work with Miles Davis?
I have played with many people over my 20+ years of making music who really had something to say.
A lot of time, effort, and sometimes money has gone into recording that music. You know that guitar player from 10 years ago, who still has a box of 45 unopened CDs on the shelf of his closet that everyone in the band chipped in money to record…
It has been a couple of years now since I first had the idea for Death in Amber. It started when I lost the only burned copy of a demo CD by an Austin band, Captain Clyde.
I got on Austin Craigslist and posted an ad looking for a copy of the 4-song demo I had basically worn out before losing. The songs were a fantastic mix of classic rock, psycho disco, funk, and jazzy pop. It was amazing.
By chance, I received an email from a guy asking me, “Who are you and what is your interest in The Clyde?” I relayed him my dilemma, and he happened to be the former bass player from Captain Clyde. It was to my delight that he not only provided me with the coveted 4-song demo I had lost, but also everything they ever recorded!
I came to the conclusion that there has to be thousands of bands who never signed a record deal, reached a wider audience, or “made it big” who might want the opportunity to showcase their music.
Death in Amber is the opportunity for hidden, forgotten gems to get their due. I want to play those songs so that people can hear them again, or for the first time.
All styles welcome.
If you have a band to suggest for the Death in Amber Podcast, please contact me and let me know.