I’d been hearing tunes from this CD, “Bird with Strings: The Lost Arrangements” by Clark Gibson + Orchestra, for months on “All This Jazz” (KWGS 89.5, 9 pm-midnight Saturdays).
The host, Scott Gregory, announced a few weeks ago that Clark would be playing a concert at TCC Southeast campus.
Great job by Clark, director Reid Bennett, and the TCC Orchestra and Band. Clark is such a nuanced, unbounded player. I bet Charlie Parker (the “Bird” of the CD title, one of the progenitors of bebop music in the 1940s) would have loved it, too.
Of course I bought the CD. (Onstage, he mentioned it has been in the top 50 nationwide.)
These days, I regard the physical CD as a backup copy with liner notes, and a souvenir when autographed, like this one. Seems like way too much work to actually put in CDs(!)
Windows Media Player automatically ripped it into mp3 tracks (320 kbps for maximum quality). In my setup, it is then added to Plex when you update the media library.
Above is a screenshot of our theater room TV. The album art was retrieved by Plex automatically. But there was no background art in the database. Luckily, I had the concert program.
I scanned it, but it was in vertical rather than horizontal format, as needed for a Plex background. I used free image software IrfanView to halve the vertical dimension, and allow the image to be compressed (unchecked the “Preserve aspect ratio” box when resizing).
You can see the result after I added this image as the background. A nice reminder of the show every time I play the album.