Jazz/Labels

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Jazz Labels

What is this page?

A compendium containing informations about Jazz Labels.

What is its purpose?

Help moderators (who do work documenting labels and catalogs informations) to quickly find:

  • labels names and possibly official web site and/or discographic work site about it
  • labels periods of activity and relevant historical facts
  • labels catalog number schemes
  • labels relations with other labels
  • labels fusion / buy out

Ultimate Goal

Ultimately, I'm dreaming that label / catalog# become database entries (which is apparently scheduled), and that labels become entities (like artists) on which we could have both advanced relationships and annotation.

Meanwhile, this page wants to partly serve this purpose and be a time saver for these moderators who need it.

Introductory Note

Jazz golden era is probably 45-70.

The 70s period ressort mainly to Free-Jazz (the kind of stuff only a few crazes like dmppanda listen to), while the pre 40s period, although very interesting, lacks recorded material (most of what's available being reissued in anthologies by specialized labels).

There's of course a modern jazz, both by (quite old now) veterans, and by talented newcomers, but you better ask Yllona for that.

During a period (until 1990), labels buying other labels tend to simply reissue the bought catalogs under their own name (Fantasy reissues used the name Original Jazz Classics).

Recently though, now that all is left is 3 or 4 conglomerates which gobbled everything, such holdings tend to reissue stuff under the original label name, or even produce new stuff under that name, which of course are not to be confused with the "historical" labels/periods.

Quick Find Me

This section mention labels names, country of origin, historical period of activity, off-sites links, and mentions bootleg.

Major Labels

Label Name/Site Country Independent Period Sold to Discographic ressources Subsidiaries Comment
Atlantic (wikped) USA 1947-1967 Warner Music Group Atco Records
Black Lion
Blue Note
Capitol
Columbia
Contemporary
EmArcy
ESP
Dial
Enja
Fantasy
Impulse!
Mercury
Milestone (wikiped) USA 1966-1972 Fantasy Reissued stuff from Gennett Records
Original Jazz Classics
Pablo
Prestige
Riverside
Verve (historical)
Savoy

http://jazzdisco.org/bethlehem/

Modern Holdings

Label Name Subsidiary of Website Contain
Concord Music Group
Verve Music Group

Warner Music Group

Reddition only Labels

32 Jazz
Mobile Fidelity
Mosaic

Other Labels

Label Name/Site Country Independent Period Sold to Discographic ressources Subsidiaries Comment
Brunswick Records (wp) USA 1916-1930 Warner (1930) American Record Corporation (1931) Decca Records (1932) ... Vocalion Records Totally crazy history - may now belong to Universal
Decca Records (wp) UK 1929-1980 Polygram (1980) Brunswick Records, Gennet Records Totally declined in the 70s. Distributed RCA 1957-1971, and Atlantic until 1966
Gennet Records (wp) USA 1917-1934 Decca Records (1935) Oldies from the 20s
Vocalion Records (wp) USA/UK 1916-1940 Brunswick Records (1925) Revived in 1997 as a reissue label (material from Decca and EMI). Alternate site
Actuel
Bethlehem
Debut
Evidence
Muse
Revenant
Freedom
Hat

Bootlegs (or doubtful) Labels

Lonehill Jazz
GetBack!
Charly
Landscape
Mandarim
Cool 'N Blue

Detailed Data

This section should be as detailed as possible, for each label. Possibly one table per label, the names from previous section serving as a TOC.

Atlantic:

Producers Engineers
Nesuhi Ertegun Tom Dowd

Charles Mingus John Coltrane Ornette Coleman

Milestone: Sonny Rollins McCoy Tyner