Record Label Profiles

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Hot Tone Music: Creating Great Music of Today

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There was a time when the only possibility for an artist was to record for a major label, but nowadays things have changed. While major labels are struggling to make the money they used to do, many of them have also stopped being innovators. Instead, they churn out repackaged product and focus on new music that is guaranteed to sell. Patience and long term talent development isn't a thing that is seen very often. Fortunately, in spite of this, the music business is in a very good shape and this is mainly because of the new indie ...

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Sonorama: Putting the Past in the Future

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It takes a collector to know what a collector wants. Ekkehart Fleischhammer who runs the German reissue label Sonorama has been in the record business since 2004, but he has spent far more time enjoying and searching for music. His own expertise and sense of quality is the foundation for Sonorama Records whose specialty is the forgotten gems of the past and the rare items on the collector's market. The catalog consists of true gems in many genres: hard bop, cool jazz, bossa nova, fusion, soul jazz and even a record with a harp. Not much music escapes Fleischhammer's attention ...

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Cellar Live Records: The Finest in Live Jazz Recordings

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Cellar Live Records is a contemporary jazz label located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jazz saxophonist and producer Cory Weeds founded the label in 2001, one year after purchasing The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club (later renamed Cory Weeds' Jazz Cellar). Since that time, Cellar Live Records has released over seventy albums. Performers at Cory Weeds' Jazz Cellar are some of the most important names in Canadian jazz, as well as major international artists. These include Joey DeFrancesco, Kenny Barron, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Benny Golson, to name just a few. Owing both to the visiting artists and local ...

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Lyte Records: Dancing To Different Beats

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Since its inception in 2007, Lyte Records has earned a reputation as one of the very best labels in Ireland/Northern Ireland for independent jazz artists and creative musicians of various stripes. What started out as a very small, personal concern for Lyte Records founder David Lyttle has grown into something much bigger; international recognition came Lyte Records' way for a jazz/hip-hop crossover album and the attention of producer Quincy Jones has changed the life of one young musician on the label in particular. “It's the best of both worlds," says Lyttle. “I get a real buzz out of the music ...

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Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative

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In the pantheon of American music, jazz is especially noted for its rapid and drastic evolution. Considering that jazz evolved from big bands and swing, to bebop, to free jazz within thirty years, it is a history marked by distinct stylistic eras. For some time, the trajectory and potential development of jazz has been in question. Even determining what is jazz has become difficult. However, given its history, the amount of creative talent available and the relatively recent ability to distribute to niche markets, a new direction for the music seems inevitable. Pi Recordings both documents and informs ...

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Music Matters slows it down

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Music Matters is pulling a fast one. For the past several years they've been hawking a series of reissues of the classic Blue Note Records catalogue of the 1950s and 60s. The defining features of this series have been that they've all been re-mastered from the original session tapes by mastering guru Kevin Gray and, in order to preserve the analog signal chain to the greatest extent possible, they've only been available on 45rpm vinyl. The fast spin ensures great sound but also ensures that the listener has to get up to flip the platter after almost every song. It's ...

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Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History

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No one is more astonished by the longevity of Mosaic Records than Michael Cuscuna, the veteran record producer and one-time disc jockey who founded the label together with Charlie Lourie, a former clarinetist who worked in both jazz and classical contexts before becoming an executive at CBS records, Blue Note, and elsewhere. Arguably the premier reissue label in jazz, Mosaic Records issued the first of its limited edition box set recordings in 1983. Originally available through mail order only--at a time when music fans bought records almost exclusively at brick-and-mortar retail shops--Mosaic is renowned for its definitive editions that bring ...



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