Other vintage jazz record labels – US
Some labels from the LJC collection and visitor contributions not included under the big companies for lack of space. Where I own a copy I try to include run-out etchings, where I don’t, the pictures are mostly Discogs uploads retouched/rescaled.
Jackie McLean’s holy grail, The New Tradition, on Ad Lib.
1980’s West Coast based re-issue label, a lot of jazz and not uncommon to find Blue Note reissues in its catalogue. The quality however is generally mediocre at best and not a recommended alternative. Included for completeness.
A short-lived jazz record label active during 1977 with a catalogue of only 14 titles. Founded by John Snyder, Artists House gave their artists complete control and ownership of the master tapes, which meant (with the exception of Ornette Coleman)they did not go on to be reissued.
Photo Credit: Andy C
Barnaby later label – Barnaby Candid Jazz reissues, late ’70s:
With Bell Sound stamp
CTI Records (Creed Taylor)
DAWN (SEECO RECORDS NYC)
Source: grabbed from Internet
Relatively unknown US label notable for several Zoot Sims titles in the Fifties.
Famous for its red vinyl edition of Dexter Gordon “Dexter Blows Hot and Cool”, with the greatest ever “smoking” cover.
New York avant garde label
Design can vary from one title to another. This example above from Discogs
70’s US jazz releases, including under license from other labels, notably Japanese label Eastwind. Early enough to not yet fallen prey to digital processing, sound is reasonable, better than many of the majors of the same period, though not stellar.
JAZZ GUILD (Canada)
JAZZ GUILD (Canadian label?)
Early ’60s NY jazz label, relatively rare
Fred Norsworthy’s Jazztime label, based in Malton, Ontario, Canada, launched in 1961. At some later point the name was cThe first three issues of Fred Norsworthy’s Jazztime label (based in Malton, Ontario, Canada) were announced in the September 28, 1961 issue of Down Beat (p. 34). At some later point the name was changed to Jazzline.The recordings (including unissued material) later appeared under many different names and titles on Polydor, Fontana, Onyx, Muse, and Black Lion Records.
Josie Jazz Series was a reissue label of Jubilee Records (1954-71)
LIBERTY (Lighthouse Series)
MODE RECORDS, Hollywood, late ’50s
Mid ’70s to late ’80s Muse Records, a New York jazz label. Shown here a rather special Muse title, mastered by Rudy Van Gelder, who did occasional sessionsfor the label at Englewood Cliffs
Small jazz label based in Michigan, founded by Chuck Nessa in 1967. A catalogue of “avant garde”/ Art Ensemble of Chicago genre. Still functioning to day, largely CD format.
Photo Credit: Andy C.
Rare label, rare Rollins, sells up to $2,000. Etchings include 7D
1950’s NY jazz label, subsidiary of Savoy Records (source: Ebay)
ROULETTE RECORDS, INC.
Saturn appears to be headquartered not in Outer Space, but Philadelphia.
Savoy – red label – collectors sometimes refer to it as the “blood red label”. to distinguish it from the “maroon” or “oxblood” later label (one below) ’50s and ’60s and generally should be deep groove.
Savoy – oxblood label, some called the “maroon”. Generally these are ’70s issues without deep groove.
SIGNAL (2nd label)
New York 70’s avant garde label
UNIT CORE (Cecil Taylor)
80’s label of Dr Bob Sunenblick MD specialising in reissue of rare jazz recordings and commissioning new recordings by artists from the golden age – recorded and mastered in many cases by the Master of Sound himself, Rudy Van Gelder, at Englewood Cliffs. Still operating today, in CD format. Gorgeous sound quality where modern recording source.
Motown Records excursion into jazz territory
XANADU (Don Schlitten)
Bell Sound pressing for this Chicago-based label. Sounds surprisingly good considering its time – mid 70’s provenance. 136 gm vinyl.
Work in progress. If you have others, send me.