March 14, 2015
For 40-plus years, Pete and Tony Levin have performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and rock, but the “Levin Brothers” is their first-ever co-led album. They had one shared goal in mind for the recording; to recreate “cool jazz” in the mold of their heroes, Oscar Pettiford, Julius Watkins and Miles Davis. In preparation for the release, the Levins contacted a prominent jazz manager to help them navigate today’s market.
“When this manager saw the album cover, he said, ‘This screams jazz!’” Tony recalls. “We looked at each other and thought, ‘Great!’ But the manager said, ‘No, no. That’s terrible! That’s the worst thing you can do! Nowadays you have to not look like a jazz group.’ We were shocked. That’s an unfortunate statement for the industry, but it’s funny to us. We’re thinking, ‘If it screams jazz – no problem!’ We’re proud of that. Oops!“
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