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    Calliope Records

    Has anyone heard of Calliope Records (not the current classical label)

    Around 1976 it was issuing a series called Sessions, Live -- featuring various West Coasters all from 1956-58 period

    I have been trying to find some details of the sessions, because, although there are dates, there is no personnel listings.

    I tracked down a listing on the Chris Connor site and find that the tracks are described as "Unauthorised"
    They were issued in 1976 and Copyright is being claimed by Andasol Records, Ltd and Cinema Finance Associates Ltd (Ltd in the US??? Sounds like an offshore operation)

    Calliope Records Distributed by Festival Records Inc, Sherman Oaks, California

    The problems I am encountering are that there are several companies using these names around the world and there is no sign of an Andasol Records

    Any info anyone that could help me on my way

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    It's not often that a query fails on this site, but this one drew a blank

    I have just acquired another Calliope LP with Cal Tjader, Chris Connor and Paul Togawa

    Can anyone point me in the right direction

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    Having recently acquired a few more albums from this series, I thought I would resurrect this thread, just to see if a new genereation of AAJers had any more info.

    I have googled it, but there is so much garbage from discog sites listing single albums that I cannot find aything about the label itself, except that it did not last very long

    Another bit of info is that the liner notes author was Jim Pewter, who seems to be a well-known DJ

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    Complete Calliope Listing

    This complete listing was posted on organissimo in 2005:

    CALLIOPE (Sessions Live Series)
    CAL 3001 Oscar Peterson w. Jane Fielding/Gerald Wiggins w. Terry Morel
    CAL 3002 Cal Tjader w. Ernestine Anderson (1958)/Paul Togawa w. Chris Connor (1957)
    CAL 3003 Red Mitchell Quartet w/ Toni Harper(1957)/Andre Previn Trio(1958)
    CAL 3004 Jack Teagarden (1957)/Teddy Buckner (1956)
    CAL 3005 Harry James w. Jilla Webb/Les Brown w. Laurie Johnson
    CAL 3006 Connee Boswell w/ Red Nichols(1958)/Stuff Smith(1958)/Firehouse 5 + 2 w/ Jean Gayle (1958)
    CAL 3007 Oscar Peterson w. Pat Healy/Leroy Vinnegar w. Jeri Southern
    CAL 3008 Count Basie w/Joe Williams(1958)/A. Blakey(1957)/Tommy Gumina (1957)
    CAL 3009 Buddy Collette(1957)/Abbey Lincoln (1958)/Les Thompson(1957)
    CAL 3010 Terry Gibbs w. Pete Jolly, Bobbie Lynn, Steve Allen (1958)/Red Norvo (1958)
    CAL 3011 C.Tjader Quintet(1957)/...?
    CAL 3012 Herbie Mann w. Ella Mae Morse/Jimmy Giuffre w. Nellie Lutcher
    CAL 3013 Max Roach(1958)/Mary Ann McCall(1958)/Bud Shank(1956)Josephine Premice(1956)
    CAL 3014 C.Adderley(1956)/B.Collette (1956)/Annie Maloney(1956)/Sylvia Syms(1956)
    CAL 3015 Buddy DeFranco w. Lucy Ann Polk(1957)/Art Pepper w. Pam Russell (1957)
    CAL 3016 Stuff Smith w. Carmen McRae(1957)/Chamber Jazz Sextet w. Jeri Southern (1957)
    CAL 3017 Firehouse 5 + 2 (1957-58) w/ Barbara Dane & Jean Gayle
    CAL 3018 Paul Horn w. Al Viola, Ronnie Deauville(1958)/Paul Togawa w. Georgia Carr(1958)
    CAL 3019 Don Fagerquist w. Doris Drew, Al Viola(1958)/Dave Pell w. Peggy King, Les Thompson (1958)
    CAL 3020 Terry Gibbs w. Jo Reynolds(1957)/Benny Carter & Pete Jolly Trio (1957)
    CAL 3021 Curtis Counce (1956)/Anita O’Day (1957)
    CAL 3022 Jimmy Giuffre, Shorty Rogers, June Christy, Irene Kral
    CAL 3023 Harry Babasin & The Jazzpickers(1958)/Barney Kessel Quartet(1956)/...?
    CAL 3024 Sonny Criss w/ Terry Morel (1957)/Calvin Jackson w/ Rayna Clay (1956)
    CAL 3025 Candoli Bros(1958)/M.Murphy(c1958)/L.Vinnegar Quartet(1957)
    CAL 3026 Charlie Barnet w. Mel Torme/Pat Moran Quartet w. Bev Kelly
    CAL 3027 MJQ, Herb Jeffries, Georgia Carr, Chico Hamilton
    CAL 3028 Red Nichols, Firehouse Five + Two
    CAL 3029 Rampart Street Jazz Band (1956)/Jack Teagarden (1956-57)
    CAL 3030 Lighthouse All-Stars(1958) w/ Julie London(1958)/Bud Shank w/ Chris Connor (1956)
    CAL 3031 Charlie Barnet w. Mary Lou Martin/Les Brown w. Stumpy Brown
    CAL 3032 Pete Jolly w/ Billie Holiday (1956)/Leroy Vinnegar w/ Jeri Southern (1958)
    CAL 3033 Teddy Buckner, Firehouse Five + Two
    CAL 3034 Modern Jazz Quartet, Herb Jeffries (1958)/Chico Hamilton, Georgia Carr (1958)
    CAL 3035 Lighthouse All Stars w/ June Christy (1958)/Jimmy Giuffre(1957)
    CAL 3036 Art Blakey (1956-57) w/ Kitty White

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    Calliope 3011 3023

    After posting I noticed that the listing for CAL 3011 was incomplete:

    Cal Tjader w. Shirli Sonders(1957)/Chico Hamilton w. Georgia Carr(1956)

    Ruth Olay was the vocalist on the Kessel session.

    Many of the other listing do not have dates. I am planning a blog to list complete data for every show, Calliope covers, back liners, labels, personnel.

    I will post a url once I have a few entries completed.

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    Thanks JA

    I have since picked up a few more in my wanders round the London record shops. I haven't had a bad one yet from this series

    Do you know what happened to them, or was it just another company with a good idea and no management skills?

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    Source of Calliope LPs music

    Jim- many thanks for the Calliope record listing. I hope on your blog you will include information about the source of the music. I would like to know if the Calliope LPs are the first release of the music or re-releases from previously issued LPs.

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    I've got all the ones in red - at least I now know what I am looking for

    Quote Originally Posted by J A Harrod View Post
    This complete listing was posted on organissimo in 2005:

    CALLIOPE (Sessions Live Series)
    CAL 3001 Oscar Peterson w. Jane Fielding/Gerald Wiggins w. Terry Morel
    CAL 3002 Cal Tjader w. Ernestine Anderson (1958)/Paul Togawa w. Chris Connor (1957)
    CAL 3003 Red Mitchell Quartet w/ Toni Harper(1957)/Andre Previn Trio(1958)

    CAL 3004 Jack Teagarden (1957)/Teddy Buckner (1956)
    CAL 3005 Harry James w. Jilla Webb/Les Brown w. Laurie Johnson
    CAL 3006 Connee Boswell w/ Red Nichols(1958)/Stuff Smith(1958)/Firehouse 5 + 2 w/ Jean Gayle (1958)
    CAL 3007 Oscar Peterson w. Pat Healy/Leroy Vinnegar w. Jeri Southern
    CAL 3008 Count Basie w/Joe Williams(1958)/A. Blakey(1957)/Tommy Gumina (1957)
    CAL 3009 Buddy Collette(1957)/Abbey Lincoln (1958)/Les Thompson(1957)
    CAL 3010 Terry Gibbs w. Pete Jolly, Bobbie Lynn, Steve Allen (1958)/Red Norvo (1958)
    CAL 3011 C.Tjader Quintet(1957)/...?
    CAL 3012 Herbie Mann w. Ella Mae Morse/Jimmy Giuffre w. Nellie Lutcher
    CAL 3013 Max Roach(1958)/Mary Ann McCall(1958)/Bud Shank(1956)Josephine Premice(1956)
    CAL 3014 C.Adderley(1956)/B.Collette (1956)/Annie Maloney(1956)/Sylvia Syms(1956)
    CAL 3015 Buddy DeFranco w. Lucy Ann Polk(1957)/Art Pepper w. Pam Russell (1957)
    CAL 3016 Stuff Smith w. Carmen McRae(1957)/Chamber Jazz Sextet w. Jeri Southern (1957)
    CAL 3017 Firehouse 5 + 2 (1957-58) w/ Barbara Dane & Jean Gayle
    CAL 3018 Paul Horn w. Al Viola, Ronnie Deauville(1958)/Paul Togawa w. Georgia Carr(1958)
    CAL 3019 Don Fagerquist w. Doris Drew, Al Viola(1958)/Dave Pell w. Peggy King, Les Thompson (1958)
    CAL 3020 Terry Gibbs w. Jo Reynolds(1957)/Benny Carter & Pete Jolly Trio (1957)
    CAL 3021 Curtis Counce (1956)/Anita O’Day (1957)
    CAL 3022 Jimmy Giuffre, Shorty Rogers, June Christy, Irene Kral
    CAL 3023 Harry Babasin & The Jazzpickers(1958)/Barney Kessel Quartet(1956)/...?
    CAL 3024 Sonny Criss w/ Terry Morel (1957)/Calvin Jackson w/ Rayna Clay (1956)
    CAL 3025 Candoli Bros(1958)/M.Murphy(c1958)/L.Vinnegar Quartet(1957)
    CAL 3026 Charlie Barnet w. Mel Torme/Pat Moran Quartet w. Bev Kelly
    CAL 3027 MJQ, Herb Jeffries, Georgia Carr, Chico Hamilton
    CAL 3028 Red Nichols, Firehouse Five + Two
    CAL 3029 Rampart Street Jazz Band (1956)/Jack Teagarden (1956-57)
    CAL 3030 Lighthouse All-Stars(1958) w/ Julie London(1958)/Bud Shank w/ Chris Connor (1956)
    CAL 3031 Charlie Barnet w. Mary Lou Martin/Les Brown w. Stumpy Brown
    CAL 3032 Pete Jolly w/ Billie Holiday (1956)/Leroy Vinnegar w/ Jeri Southern (1958)
    CAL 3033 Teddy Buckner, Firehouse Five + Two
    CAL 3034 Modern Jazz Quartet, Herb Jeffries (1958)/Chico Hamilton, Georgia Carr (1958)
    CAL 3035 Lighthouse All Stars w/ June Christy (1958)/Jimmy Giuffre(1957)
    CAL 3036 Art Blakey (1956-57) w/ Kitty White

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    Quote Originally Posted by duaneiac View Post
    Haven't looked yet, but I wonder if that is JA Harrod's site

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenorman View Post
    Haven't looked yet, but I wonder if that is JA Harrod's site
    Yes, it is his site. He just recently mentioned it on a West Coast Jazz forum I follow.
    Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey
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    Well done JA. I've had a quick look and it seems to be a very comprehensive document

    Only problem is that if people start to see that, the £2-3 I am currently paying for them will go up

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    Calliope Records

    Edited by Moderator Tenorman

    Listening to CAL-3003 I notice that the left hand channel is dominant. Is this a peculiarity of my system or has someone else noticed this?

    The LP has several cuts by the Red Mitchell Quartet. There is definitely a saxophone, flute, piano and drums playing. Who are the players?

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    Problem solved. The head on my turntable arm had become mis-aligned. After loosening the screws and re-positioning the head on the shaft my left channel dominant problem went away.

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    Sorry I have not replied to some of the questions posed regarding Calliope Records. I have had some problems in getting logged in, but that seems to have been solved now.

    I believe that my posts to the Calliope Records blog have answered all of the questions put forth in this thread thus far. I have just posted details on Calliope Records CAL 3009, the Buddy Collette sessions.

    The address for those who have not had a look yet is:

    callioperecords.blogspot.com

    I am also doing a blog devoted to a Pacific Jazz / World Pacific Labelography. The address for that blog is:

    pacificjazz.blogspot.com

    Jim

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