Resonance Records has recently established itself as the premiere jazz label unearthing historical releases in the digital age, but it has found success the old-fashioned way: primarily by selling CDs and vinyl LPs. That changed on Thursday, when the label joined the streaming universe.
Over the next two months, Resonance plans to move its roughly 60-album catalog — featuring live recordings by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Shirley Horn, Stan Getz and Wes Montgomery — onto Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal, as well as streaming services in France.
On Thursday, Resonance released almost all the albums in its archive that prominently feature pianists and vocalists, including a 1982 duet at Keystone Korner in San Francisco of the piano luminaries Jaki Byard and Tommy Flanagan, and a 1978 performance by Vaughan at the New Orleans club Rosy’s. (Like almost every album in Resonance’s roster, those recordings had never been commercially released before the label put them out a few years ago.)
On Friday, Resonance will drop two new compilation albums, “Jazz Piano Panorama: The Best of Piano Jazz on Resonance” and “Sing a Song of Jazz: The Best of Vocal Jazz on Resonance,” drawn from across its catalog, and those too will be available on streaming platforms.
The producer George Klabin began Resonance 10 years ago with a focus on new music, and the label still occasionally releases studio albums by active musicians. But starting in 2012, with the release of a Montgomery recording from the mid-1950s, “Echoes of Indiana Avenue,” it has become known for finding long-forgotten concerts that were caught on tape decades ago, and turning them into desirable commodities. Resonance’s albums come packaged with extensively researched, lavishly illustrated booklets; these will remain available only to album buyers. (Its releases have also been available as MP3 downloads.)
Perhaps the archive’s greatest streaming windfalls will arrive in June, when Resonance will begin streaming 11 of the albums it has released featuring Evans and Montgomery. The last two dozen recordings in the label’s catalog, including titles by Eric Dolphy and Getz, will become available on July 19. Four albums in the Resonance catalog will not be streamed, because of licensing restrictions; the label’s two most recent releases — one each by Evans and Montgomery — will eventually be put on streaming services, but the date for that has not been set.