First I thought: Cool, that’s the way I want to have listed the artists – for each track, and with their instruments.
In Jazz, this is even more important than in chamber music. The issue was brought up already here:
Well, then I realized that by clicking on “Ilya Gringolts, violin” leads me to an artist called “Ilya Gringolts, violin” with this particular album being the only entry. Obviously a bug in the Rovi metadata.
But then again: Couldn’t you turn the bug into a feature and give us the option to have the performers listed near the tracks – not in the anonymous Credits section, mixed with producers and liner note authors? Especially in Jazz, it’s really helpful to know the musicians on a particular piece.
The decision to hide instrumentalists was a slightly questionable one, and maybe having it switchable would be a good idea. Or perhaps a partial listing always being there (fading away if more than a line). The latter would be my preference.
The decision to hide concerto soloists was a really bad one, which I failed to rail against enough at the time. But I’m sure we can persuade them. (There may be metadata issues with what is a soloist, but if you have a Piano Concerto with a pianist credit, it’s pretty clear…)
I agree. I can’t imagine anybody saying: “I don’t care who’s the soloist in that piano concerto.” So the information about the soloist has to be displayed prominently.
But, as I mentioned, it is equally important in Jazz. You always want to know the line-up, and in many recordings it changes from track to track. You don’t want to look at the Credit section for each track.