Is there such a thing as idealism in the record business?

Well, yes. It isn’t common, but often a new label will come along that only seeks to promote talent or to serve an area it thinks has been neglected.

It’s actually the history of the recording industry. The few big labels get too big. Too conservative. Too slow.

The motivation of the independent labels rarely is purely altruistic, it has to be admitted, but blues, country, folk or any marginal genre wouldn’t have survived without it.

At a time when the record business is reeling and music is marketed in ways that would have been thought radical a few years ago, there should be no place for idealism.

Alternatively, it’s needed more than ever.

Cue the entry of Bronze Age Records, created by sax player Ra Torchinsky and his son Joe. Read more