Victim of the Internet: Cuneiform Records

Although the Silver Spring, Maryland-based Cuneiform record label has released a clutch of important contemporary Jazz and avant-Rock CDs over the past 30 years, label owner Steve Feigenbaum tells The Washington Post’s Mike Janssen that the label is going on hiatus – for at least a year, if not longer. The reason: the availability of free music on the internet. Cuneiform has been associated with some streaming services, but says Feigenbaum “made nothing”, since consumers have become used to not paying anything for their music. The situation creates a gap that had been filled by a label that during its history released sessions by, among many others, pianist Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, drummer John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet, projects featuring trumpeter Rob Mazurek or guitarist Mary Halvorson plus trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s America’s National Parks, a 2017 record of the year according to many observers.