Pacific Jazz Records

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Pacific Jazz Records was a Los Angeles-based record label best known for releasing cool jazz or West coast jazz. It was founded by Richard Eugene Bock (1927–1988) and drummer Roy S. Harte in 1952. Harte, in 1954, also co-founded Nocturne Records.

Some of the musicians that recorded for Pacific Jazz include Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, the Jazz Crusaders, Joe Pass and Gerald Wilson.

By 1960 the company had added a world music label, World Pacific Records, which eventually expanded into folk and pop.

The label was purchased by Liberty Records in 1965. "Elusive Butterfly" by Bob Lind was a major hit on World Pacific in 1966. Liberty continued both labels for a few years and also made some releases on a combined World Pacific Jazz label. By the early 1970s Liberty and its associated labels were owned by United Artists Records, which stopped issuing new material on the Liberty imprints. By the end of the 1970s EMI had acquired United Artists Records, and so became the owner of the ex-Liberty masters.

Pacific Jazz Records now exists in name only via reissues of its material. The label's jazz catalog is now controlled by Blue Note Records. Universal Music Group now controls the Pacific Jazz/World Pacific masters.

Partial discography[edit]

Ten inch series
  • 1 - Gerry Mulligan - Gerry Mulligan Quartet
  • 2 - Gerry Mulligan - Gerry Mulligan Quartet/Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Lee Konitz
  • 3 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker Quartet
  • 4 - Harry Edison - Sweets at the Haig
  • 5 - Gerry Mulligan - Gerry Mulligan Quartet
  • 6 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman
  • 7 - Laurindo Almeida - Laurindo Almeida Quartet Featuring Bud Shank
  • 8 - Russ Freeman - Russ Freeman Trio
  • 9 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker Ensemble
  • 10 - Gerry Mulligan - Lee Konitz and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet
  • 11 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings
  • 12 - Bob Gordon - Meet Mr. Gordon
  • 13 - Laurindo Almeida - Laurindo Almeida Quartet Featuring Bud Shank, Volume 2
  • 14 - Bud Shank - Bud Shank and Three Trombones
  • 15 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sextet
  • 16 - Bob Brookmeyer - Bob Brookmeyer Quartet
  • 17 - Chico Hamilton - Chico Hamilton Trio
  • 18 - Al Haig - Al Haig Trio [unreleased]
  • 19 - Clifford Brown - The Clifford Brown Ensemble Featuring Zoot Sims
  • 20 - Bud Shank - Bud Shank and Bob Brookmeyer
Twelve inch series
  • 1201 - Gerry Mulligan - California Concerts
  • 1202 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings and Plays - with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings
  • 1203 - Chet Baker - Jazz at Ann Arbor
  • 1204 - Laurdindo Almeida - Laurindo Almeia Quartet Featuring Bud Shank [reissue of 7 and 13]
  • 1205 - Bud Shank and Shorty Rogers - Bud Shank and Shorty Rogers
  • 1206 - Chet Baker - The Trumpet Artistry of Chet Baker
  • 1207 - Gerry Mulligan - The Original Gerry Mulligan Quartet
  • 1208 - Jack Montrose - Jack Montrose Sextet
  • 1209 - Chico Hamilton - Chico Hamilton Quintet with Buddy Collette
  • 1210 - Gerry Mulligan - Paris Concert
  • 1211 - Cy Touff - His Octet and Quintet
  • 1212 - Russ Freeman and Richard Twardzik - Trio
  • 1213 - Bud Shank - Strings and Trombones [reissue of 14 and 20]
  • 1214 - Various - Arranged by Montrose
  • 1215 - Bud Shank - The Bud Shank Quartet
  • 1216 - Chico Hamilton - The Chico Hamilton Quintet in Hi-Fi
  • 1217 - Bill Perkins - Grand Encounter: Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West
  • 1218 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker in Europe
  • 1219 - Bud Shank - Jazz at Cal-Tech
  • 1220 - Chico Hamilton - Chico Hamilton Trio [reissue of 17]
  • 1221 - Bill Perkins - The Bill Perkins Octet On Stage
  • 1222 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings [reissue of 11]
  • 1223 - Hoagy Carmichael - Hoagy Sings Carmichael
  • 1224 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker & Crew
  • 1225 - Chico Hamilton - The Chico Hamilton Quintet
  • 1226 - Bud Shank and Bob Cooper - Flute 'n' Oboe
  • 1227 - Jim Hall - Jazz Guitar
  • 1228 - Gerry Mulligan - At Storyville
  • 1229 - Chet Baker - Chet Baker Big Band
  • 1230 - Bud Shank - Bud Shank Quartet Featuring Claude Williamson
  • 1231 - Chico Hamilton - Zen: The Music of Fred Katz
  • 1232 - Chet Baker - Quartet: Russ Freeman/Chet Baker
  • 1233 - Bob Brookmeyer - Traditionalism Revisited
  • 1234 - Chet Baker & Art Pepper - Playboys
  • 1235 - Jack Lidström Look, Dad! They're Comin' Down Our Street (in Hi-Fi)
  • 1236 - Sidney Bechet & Martial Solal - Sidney Bechet Has Young Ideas
  • 1237 - Gerry Mulligan - The Gerry Mulligan Songbook Vol 1
  • 1238 - Chico Hamilton - South Pacific in Hi-Fi
  • 1239 - Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Hall & Jimmy Raney - The Street Swingers
  • 1240 - The Montgomery Brothers - The Montgomery Brothers and Five Others
  • 1241 - Gerry Mulligan - Reunion with Chet Baker - with Chet Baker
  • 1242 - Freddie Gambrell & Chico Hamilton - The Chico Hamilton Trio Introduces Freddie Gambrell
  • 1243 - The Mastersounds - Kismet
  • 1244 - Various Artists - Jazz Canto: An Anthology Of Poetry And Jazz Vol 1
  • 1245 - Charlie Mariano & Jerry Dodgion - Beauties Of 1918
  • 1246 - Gil Evans - New Bottle Old Wine
  • 1247 - Various Artists - Drums On Fire!
  • 1248 - Ravi Shankar - India's Master Musician
  • 1249 - Chet Baker - Pretty/Groovy
  • 1250 - David Allyn - Let's Face the Music and Dance
  • 1251 - Bud Shank - I'll Take Romance
  • 1252 - The Mastersounds - The Flower Drum Song
  • 1253 - Annie Ross - Annie Ross Sings a Song With Mulligan!
  • 1254 - Rolf Cahn, Barbara Dane, Bud Dashiell & Travis Edmonson, Lynn Gold - A Night at The Ash Grove
  • 1255 - Gerald Heard - Reflections
  • 1256 - Freddie Gambrell - Freddie Gambrell
  • 1257 - Various Artists - The Sound of Big Band Jazz in Hi-Fi
  • 1258 - Chico Hamilton - Ellington Suite
  • 1259 - Bud Shank & Laurindo Almeida - Holiday in Brazil
  • 1260 - The Mastersounds - Ballads and Blues
  • 1261 - Various Artists - More Drums on Fire!
  • 1262 - Freddie Gambrell & Paul Horn - Mikado
  • 1263 - Buddy Bregman - Swingin' Standards
  • 1264 - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - The Swingers!
  • 1265 - Bud Shank - Slippery When Wet (soundtrack)
  • 1266 - Paul Horn - Impressions
  • 1267 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Singin' the Blues
  • 1268 - Gerald Heard - Indications: What Is Love?
  • 1269 - The Mastersounds - The Mastersounds in Concert
  • 1270 - Gil Evans - Great Jazz Standards
  • 1271 - The Mastersounds - Jazz Showcase
  • 1272 - The Mastersounds - The King and I
  • 1273 - Lee Konitz & Gerry Mulligan - Lee Konitz with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet
  • 1274 - Shorty Petterstein - The Wide Weird World of Shorty Petterstein: More Interviews of Our Time
  • 1275 - Art Blakey - Ritual
  • 1276 - Annie Ross - Gypsy
  • 1277 - Bud Shank & Bob Cooper - Blowin' Country
  • 1278 - Kimio Eto - Koto Music
  • 1279 - Lord Buckley - The Way Out Humor of Lord Buckley
  • 1280 - The Mastersounds - Happy Holidays from Many Lands
  • 1281 - Laurindo Almeida & Bud Shank - Latin Contrasts
  • 1282 - Sarita Heredia - Sarita & Co.
  • 1283 - Jon Hendricks - A Good Git-Together
  • 1284 - The Mastersounds - The Mastersounds Play Horace Silver
  • 1285 - Annie Ross - A Gasser!
  • 1286 - Bud Shank - Flute 'n Alto
  • 1287 - Chico Hamilton - The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet
  • 1288 - Joe Newman - Counting Five in Sweden
  • 1289 - Various Artists - Swingin' Like 60! Vol 1: The Singers / The Swingers
  • 1290 - Various Artists - Swingin' Like 60! Vol 2: Around the World
  • 1291 - Various Artists - Swingin' Like 60! Vol 3: Ballads and Blues
  • 1292 - Eddie Condon - Tiger Rag and All That Jazz
  • 1293 - Gloria Smyth - Like Soul!
  • 1294 - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Blues is a Story
  • 1295 - David Allen - David Allen Sings the Music Of Jerome Kern
  • 1296 - Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Joe Williams & Sonny Terry - Down South Summit Meetin'
  • 1297 - Don Randi - Feelin' Like Blues
  • 1298 - Cannonball Adderley & Gil Evans - New Bottle, Old Wine
  • 1299 - Kimio Eto & Bud Shank - Koto & Flute

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