Candid Records

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CANDID is an independent record label specializing in modern and mainstream jazz, blues, Latin and world jazz.

Established in 1960 by Archie Bleyer, the Candid label first reached a legendary status with it’s vintage catalogue thanks to the vision of producer Nat Hentoff who, in the span of some eight months, managed to encapsulate a microcosm of the New York jazz scene at that time. The catalogue includes classics like the Max Roach ‘Protest’ album, classic sets by Booker Ervin and Booker Little as well as recordings by legends such as Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Coleman Hawkins, Eric Dolphy and many others.

The Candid dream came to a premature end in 1961 and it’s classic sessions were not to appear for a quarter of century. They were then acquired by Alan Bates‘ London - based company, Black Lion Productions. Bates re-named his company, and gave re-birth to the CANDID name. Gradually the entire original CANDID line has been made available again on CD and recording for the label recommenced in 1989.

Now, the catalogue comprises over 200 titles, including sessions recorded in the U.S.A. by the likes of Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Donald Harrison, Lee Konitz, David Liebman, Hector Martignon, Gene DiNovi, Paquito d’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Shorty Rogers, Mongo Santamaria, Shirley Scott and Bud Shank amongst others.

With jazz taking on an increasingly global aspect, CANDID has widened its international scope and has a deep commitment to young up-and-coming artists at the cutting edge of London’s dynamic musical scene.

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  • Ulysses101

    Legendary label...

    March 2010
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