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    Scandinavian Record Labels

    Most of us in Europe will have tripped over Steeplechase and Storyville labels at some point, but they might not be quite so well known elsewhere. They are worth a look, as they contain recordings of many top artists that were not picked up by the big labels

    A good discography of Storyville (under construction) is here

    http://www.wirz.de/music/storyfrm.htm

    and site here

    http://www.storyvillerecords.com/Default.aspx



    Steeplechase site here
    http://www.steeplechase.dk/


    Not forgetting the many top-flight Scandinavian musicians that are well worth investigating

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    Great labels Tenorman, but scratching the surface only. There seems to be a new label popping up every week, but here are a feW of my faces:

    Jazzland
    Rune Grammofon
    Hubro
    Jazzaway
    Small town Supersound/Jazz
    Bole

    Just a handful...I'd list more if I wasn't sitting in Schipol, en route to Trondheim after an overnight flight, minimal sleep and less brainpower than usual

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    Thanks John,

    I need to go through my collection looking for more

    PS Don't be surprised if they ask to check your underpants today at the airport

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    You might mention that a Storyville label released LPs in the 1950's in the United States. This label is not related to the Storyville label you are addressing here.

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    It gets confusing, because, from memory Jazzland that John mentioned is also a Fantasy imprint

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenorman View Post
    It gets confusing, because, from memory Jazzland that John mentioned is also a Fantasy imprint

    Tenorman - I think this Jazzland is a completely different one than the former Fantasy (now Concord) imprint. Not certain though.



    A couple other Scandinavian labels, off the top of my head:

    - Curling Legs, which gets my vote as the strangest jazz label name

    - Dragon
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    Quote Originally Posted by HutchFan View Post
    Tenorman - I think this Jazzland is a completely different one than the former Fantasy (now Concord) imprint. Not certain though.



    A couple other Scandinavian labels, off the top of my head:

    - Curling Legs, which gets my vote as the strangest jazz label name

    - Dragon
    Yes it is a completely different label


    I'm doing some research on the Storyville output. The same albums can have two different numbers

    SLP 1020 and SLP 4026 both are Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz Vol 2 -- Live at the Montmartre -- Very strange

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    ...don't forget those:

    www.lovemusic.fi

    www.leorecords.com

    http://tumrecords.com/021-musicians

    http://www.quesonegro.de/main.html

    On the last, Moserobie, you'll find a real sax star - JONAS KULLHAMMAR, check him out!

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    Leo records is actually a British Imprint

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    Some cracking labels there, Gromit lad.


    Sonet used to put out a lot of music, incl. some good jazz (Red Rodney, Bob Brookmeyer included) in the 70s.

    Metronome was a Swedish label I think, though it sounds like the American magazine. Active after the 2WW and into the 60s.

    Debut - apart from Mingus' attempt at an own label, I'm fairly sure there was also a Swedish or Danish label of that name in the 50s.


    It's all a bit confusing, with the parallel names.

    More so, as I rarely used to take much cognisance of labels. They were just a means to an artist, or band, for me. Ignorant of me, I know.

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    And Caprice, who put out the mighty 'Jazz i Sverige' series from the early 70s to about 1990.


    And Olufsen, newer, a very fine label for new and adventurous Danish jazz in the 80s/90s, who then turned into a rip-off webshop under the name cdklassisk (keeping your money and the ordered album too - I speak from experience). Amazingly, they are still up last I saw.

    Ah - just checked - thank heavens, they've gone at last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenorman View Post
    Leo records is actually a British Imprint
    yes , I know of that British jazz lable.

    But it's the Finnish lable, amongst others Edward Vesala recorded for them:



    http://www.interq.or.jp/blue/sudo/Qu...avyLife_x.html

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    Anybody mentioned Ayler Records yet?

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