FIVE YEARS OF DESTINATION: OUT!

Bingo!

LOVE AND HATE
Jackie McLean
Destination…Out!
Blue Note : 1963

JM, alto sax; Grachan Moncur III, trombone; Bobby Hutcherson, vibes; Larry Ridley, bass; Roy Haynes, drums.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE SITE!
It’s hard to believe, but this is the fifth birthday of Destination: Out. The site was born from a frustrated attempt to sell a book about adventurous jazz. Over a dozen publishers assured us there was no audience for the subject. We decided to use our research and record collections to share the great-but-obscure music we’d found over years and launched the very first jazz MP3 website. We had no idea if anyone else out there would be interested.

From the get-go, we’ve been overwhelmed by all the complimentary comments and emails we’ve received from readers all over the globe. Not to mention the rare albums that people have kindly shared with us. Although we don’t respond to the comments as often as we’d like, we read every one and deeply appreciate the various insights, corrections, quibbles, and compliments. They’re what has kept us doing the site.

We’ve also been thrilled that the site has been embraced by jazz musicians, writers, and record labels. Many of our favorite musicians have been generous enough to write guest posts about their inspirations and other musical fascinations. Our thanks to them as well.

EPONYMOUS
When deciding what track to post for the occasion, we were surprised to realize that we’d never shared anything from the album that inspired the site’s name. (No, it wasn’t t named after a gay-friendly travel agency.) So here’s our favorite tune off Jackie McLean’s great Destination Out. “Love and Hate” may seem a bit introspective and melancholy for the occasion, but for us the track’s sense of mystery and drama has always evoked a moment of awakening, an image of the sun rising over the jagged Manhattan skyline, slowly burning through the morning haze.

WANT TO SAY THANK YOU WITH A BIRTHDAY GIFT?
We hate to be crass, but if you’re looking for a concrete way to show your appreciation, there’s nothing we’d like more than you buying a copy of one of the many great FMP albums available from our download store.

Your purchase not only encourages FMP to keep remastering and sharing these wonderful albums with the world, it also helps us with the upkeep of the site. Plus, you get an amazing album. It’s win-win!

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