Founded in 1953 by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer under his firm Bill Grauer Productions Inc. Almost all their new jazz recordings were produced by Keepnews, who served as creative head of the label, with Grauer directing the company’s sales and business operations.
In 1955 the Prestige Records contract of Thelonious Monk was bought out and Monk was signed by Riverside, where he remained for the next five years. During the next few years, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Charlie Byrd, JohnnyGriffin and Wes Montgomery made substantial contributions to Riverside’s catalog, establishing it as a major jazz label. The Bill Evans recordings are sublime, though there is a marked difference between mono and stereo presentations, with a preference for stereo. Stereo copies are more readily available in the US market than elsewhere.
Grauer died, following a sudden heart attack, in December 1963, and the company went bankrupt not long after. The catalogue was taken over by ABC Records, which reissued some of it, but virtually all Riverside masters were acquired by Fantasy Records in 1972 who proceeded to flood the market with vinyl reissues of indifferent quality, which entirely failed to do the music justice, and so ensured the continued desirability of original pre-1972 Riverside pressings
Riverside label Discography (Wikipedia link)
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