Recorded over three days on, 6 and 9 February, and 20 May, 1963 in New York City this classic album was released the following year and immediately caused controversy. It’s title comes from the idea that Bill Evans played three separate tracks and over-dubbed himself to build up the complex arrangements.
There were some that thought this sacrilege and an impure art as it was impossible to recreate in concert. It is with the passing of time acknowledged as a masterpiece by a genius. Producers David Foster and Tommy LiPuma both cite this album as an inspiration; many others agree and 1964 it won the Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group.
Evans played Glen Gould’s piano, CD 318 on the recording that was created out of a ‘conversation’ between the first two takes with subtle embelishments added on the third take. As it says on the liner notes of the album regarding ‘Bill three’, “He was their Greek chorus, and sometimes he had the best lines.” If you have any doubts just listen to ‘Stella By Starlight’ it is shows off Evans’s genius in all its glory
The cover photography is by the celebrated photographer, Roy DeCarava
Perhaps one of the most important books I have ever read, Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolution taught me what modern day science is about. Studying this classic in 1990 at Wright State University, Kuhn was the first to introduce me to Popper’s principle of falsifiability which has remained with even to this day. The defining characteristic of science is the ability to prove a statement false (e.g., all swans are white is disproven by searching for a black swan).
It seems to me that far too much “content” shared by corporates and passing through social media falls short of this standard. Case in point, a recent article from HBR blogs brags about the importance of messengers when it comes to spreading ideas through a network. Given the language of my previous sentence, it should come as no surprise that the researchers used Tedx as their sample.
In the name of full disclosure I will admit I have found Gladwell’s notion of influencers overly seductive. Watts’ description of influenceability has greater truth value in my mind. That said, let’s return to Popper and Kuhn.
If we go searching for data to support our thesis that influencers contribute to the spread of a message, guess what we are going to find? Exactly that. The fact that such research appears on an HBR blog then masks the fundamental flaw with the work. If it appears on HBR, then it must be good. Right?
I guess seduction takes many forms. Just as the simplicity of Gladwell’s model seduces us, so does our love affair with sources perceived as authoritative. But none of that changes the fact that so much of the corporate research and content marketing falls short of the defining characteristic of what we today call the scientific method and discovery.
We should not be surprised to find exactly what we search for.
On this side of the globe, Rakuten’s purchase of Viber for $900 million is an interesting story for several reasons. You can hear why, and how the purchase fits into broader regional trends, by listening here.
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For Immediate Release podcast #741 is now live, and this week in Asia I share the story of Weibo’s declining user base. But why are users starting to migrate away from this Twitter-like platform? Is it the government crackdown on rumors, or some sort of market evolution? Listen here and find out.
And for an investor’s perspective on the question, here is a short video from FT.
For Immediate Release podcast #740 has gone live, and this week in Asia I discuss the perils of cross-cultural humor. ANA airline in Japan apologizes over stereotypes in a marketing video while Singapore gets a little edgy around foolish Facebook posts from a British banker. You can get the details about both cases by listening here.
Relatively hot off the press, academics from Stanford an Emory business schools argue that “fence-mending” for a damaged corporate reputation, following a serious accounting restatement, should also specifically target “softer” constituents such as customers, employees and local communities.
Edelman’s 2014 message is that government continues to lose trust, but this is not all good news for business. While business may be more trusted generally, according to Richard Edelman:
Business may interpret this as the moment to push for deregulation, as it did a decade ago. That would be a monumental error in judgment. Our research indicates a reputation hangover for business from the Great Recession of 2008. Events of the past 12 months, including a record fine of $13 billion for J.P. Morgan on the sale of troubled mortgage securities, the largest ever bankruptcy in Latin America with the failure of Eike Batista’s EBX deep-water oil drilling firm and food scandals involving antibiotics in the poultry in China, have renewed concerns about business’ ability to self-regulate.
And the conclusion? Richard continues to say that there is public demand for regulation of business.
That’s right. Those boxy, funny little images seem to be undergoing a bit of a revival in China according to Advertising Age. You can listen to my update here, or check out the entire suite of For immediate Release podcasts.
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