Learning about Strata-East
Music Label Strata-East profiled in new piece from NPR's Jazz Night In America
I'm a music sponge with my ears open for anything I might not have heard before, and some of my favorite works of inspiration have come from American music labels like Blue Note, Concord, WarnerBros and Sunnyside. But I hadn't heard of Strata-East until catching a recent NPR 50th Anniversary profile. Formed in the 70's by pianist Stanley Cowell and trumpeter Charles Tolliver, Strata-East was one of the first to give its artists control over their music - a novel concept at the time - but one that had a lasting impact on musicians for years to come and helped pave the way for revolution within the industry.