Just picked up the new Brian Blade Fellowship record, Season of Changes. It's gorgeous in its layers and texture. I want to revisit the first two Fellowship records because I never really got into them at the time.
There is a telling statement in the liner notes though: you can text Verve for ringtones of three of the tunes. Wow.
The sinking feeling in my stomach - that even the "major" jazz labels are resorting to commodifying this expansive music as a friggin' ringtone - is countered by the idea that someone, in lieu of Rihanna, would use the Brian Blade Fellowship as a ringtone!