32 Records

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32 Records
32 Records company logo.jpg
Founded1995 (1995)
FounderJoel Dorn, Robert Miller
Defunct2001 (2001)
GenreJazz, blues, rhythm and blues, pop
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City

32 Records was a record label established in 1995 by record producer Joel Dorn and attorney Robert Miller.[1][2][3] Its 32 Jazz imprint released a successful series of compilation albums.[2][3][4][5][6] The label was named for Dorn's favorite sports number.[1] 32 Records also released new material by artists such as The Jazz Passengers and established 32 R&B, 32 Blues, 32 Groove, and 32 Pop subsidiaries.[1][2]

32 Records acquired the holdings of the Muse and Landmark labels, and established the 32 Jazz subsidiary in 1997 with the aim of re-issuing numerous jazz recordings.[1][2][7][8] During the late 1990s, 32 Jazz released a successful series of inexpensive "Jazz for…" compilations.[4][5] The first of these, Jazz for a Rainy Afternoon, was released in 1997 in conjunction with Elle.[4][5] In 1999, 32 Jazz had become the top jazz label in the Billboard charts, before Verve Music Group merged its Verve and GRP holdings into a single output.[6]

By 2000, Miller had become CEO of CDBeat, which owned 32 Records as a subsidiary.[9] In March 2000, Dorn resigned from the company (he would form Label M later that year).[10][11] Upon Dorn's departure, CDBeat announced that it would discontinue 32 Records by March 2001,[12] although in June 2000 it hired producer Todd Barkan to replace Dorn.[9][11][13] CDBeat, in turn, would become Spinrocket and then ConnectivCorp.[14] Savoy Jazz acquired the rights to the Muse and Landmark catalogs from 32 Records in October 2003,[15] and by the end of the year, ConnectivCorp had merged with Majesco Entertainment.[16]

Partial discography[edit]

# Album Artist Previous issues Notes
32001 Looking for an Echo Kenny Vance & the Planotones first issue  
32002 Revenge! Charles Mingus first non-bootleg release of this material 2CD
32003 The First Album Roomful of Blues    
32004 Prisoners of Love Robert Miller Group first release  
32005 Re-Entry Horace Silver  
32006 Pure Mose Mose Allison    
32007 Individually Twisted The Jazz Passengers first release  
32008 For the Love of Monk Various Artists   includes two previously unreleased Monk performances
32009 Endgame Brilliance Sonny Stitt Tune Up! (Muse MR 5334)
Constellation (Muse MR 5323)
32010 The Complete Muse Sessions Houston Person & Ron Carter Something in Common (Muse MR 5376)
Now's the Time (Muse MR 5421)
32011 The Complete Landmark Sessions Kronos Quartet Monk Suite (Landmark)
Music of Bill Evans (Landmark)
32012 ...on Second Thought José Feliciano    
32013 Back in the Day Ike & Tina Turner first release  
32014 Lone Star Legend David "Fathead" Newman Still Hard Times (Muse)
Resurgence! (Muse)
32015 Two Classic Albums Roomful of Blues Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson & Roomful of Blues (Muse MR 5282)
...with Big Joe Turner
32016 Musique du Bois Phil Woods Muse  
32017 Body & Soul Al Cohn & Zoot Sims Muse  
32018 Bar Wars Willis Jackson first release  
32019 The Moontrane Woody Shaw Muse (MR 5472)  
32020 Lost and Found Houston Person & Charles Brown first release (tracks 1–7)
Wild Flower (1977; Muse) (tracks 8-12)
32021 Footprints Pat Martino    
32022 Master Class Hank Jones 'Bop Revisited (Muse)
Groovin' High (Muse)
32023 Soft Spoken Here Kenny Barron Golden Lotus (Muse)
Sunset to Dawn (Muse)
32024 Last of the Line Woody Shaw Cassandrite (Muse)
Love Dance (Muse)
32025 Hit Jazz Various Artists compilation  
32026 Songs That Made the Phone Light Up Various Artists compilation  
32027 My Mother's Eyes Etta Jones Muse MR 5145  
32028 Out of Nowhere Sonny Stitt Muse  
32029 Epistrophy Charlie Rouse Landmark  
32030 The Re-Entry Jack McDuff    
32031 Easy Easy Johnny Lytle Fast Hands (Muse)
Happy Ground (Muse)
32032 Dog Years in the Fourth Ring Rahsaan Roland Kirk 2CD unreleased material plus Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (Atlantic SD 1578) 3CD
32033 B-3in' Various Artists compilation  
32034 Christmas with Houston Person & Etta Jones Houston Person & Etta Jones    
32035 Greatest Performances Tom Jones "...culled from his 1980-1981 TV series" 2CD
32036 Stolen ... & Other Moments Mark Murphy   2CD
32037 Vibe Wise Bobby Hutcherson Good Bait (Landmark)
Color Schemes (Landscape)
32038 First Half Highlights Kenny Barron    
32039 Dark Journey Woody Shaw compilation 2CD
32040 Lost in the Shuffle Jimmy Reed compilation  
32041 Cream Pat Martino compilation  
32042 Every Once in a While Morgana King I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Muse)
This Is Always (Muse)
32043 Fire Carlos Garnett compilation  
32044 According to Mr Roney Wallace Roney compilation 2CD
32045 Feelin' It Together James Moody Muse  
32046 Naima Cedar Walton Muse  
32047 Groove's Groove Richard "Groove" Holmes compilation of Muse material  
32048 Iron City Grant Green Muse  
32049 Crisscraft Sonny Criss Muse  
32050 Head and Heart Pat Martino Consciousness (Muse)
Live! (Muse)
32051 Just in Case You Forgot How Bad He Really Was Sonny Stitt first release  
32052 Turkish Women at the Bath Pete La Roca Bliss by Chick Corea (Muse) with John Gilmore
32053 It's Mister Fathead David "Fathead" Newman Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David Newman (Atlantic)
Straight Ahead (Atlantic)
Fathead Comes On (Atlantic)
House of David (Atlantic)
32054 Memphis, Ray & a Touch of Moody Hank Crawford More Soul (Atlantic)
From the Heart (Atlantic)
Soul of the Ballad (Atlantic)
Dig These Blues (Atlantic)
32055 Chapters 1 & 2 Mulgrew Miller    
32056 Live in Philly Zoot Sims first release  
32057 The Heavy Hitter Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis    
32058 Major Jazz, Minor Blues Larry Coryell compilation of Muse material  
32059 The Man with the Big Front Yard Yusef Lateef The Complete Yusef Lateef (Atlantic)
Yusef Lateef's Detroit (Atlantic)
Hush 'n' Thunder (Atlantic)
The Doctor Is in ... and Out (Atlantic)
32060 Aces Back to Back Rahsaan Roland Kirk Left & Right (Atlantic)
Rahsaan Rahsaan (Atlantic)
Prepare Thyself to Deal with a Miracle (Atlantic)
Other Folks Music (Atlantic)
32061 Jazz for a Rainy Afternoon Various Artists compilation  
32062 Willis ... with Pat Pat Martino & Willis Jackson    
32063 Jazz Standards Mark Murphy compilation of Muse material 2CD
32064 Laid Back Kenny Burrell compilation of Muse material  
32065 Richie and Richie & Phil Richie Cole   with Phil Woods
32066 Groove Jammy Various Artists compilation  
32067 Greater Than the Sum of His Parts[17] Eddie Harris The In Sound (Atlantic 1448)
Mean Greens (Atlantic 1453)
The Tender Storm (Atlantic 1478)
Silver Cycles (Atlantic 1517)
32100 A Standing Eight[18] Rahsaan Roland Kirk The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man (Warner Bros. BS 2918)
Kirkatron (Warner Bros. BS 2982)
Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real (Warner Bros. BSK 3085)
32142 Left Hook, Right Cross[19] Rahsaan Roland Kirk Volunteered Slavery (Atlantic SD 1534)
Blacknuss (Atlantic SD 1601)

Source: "32 Jazz: A Checklist"[20]


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  2. ^ a b c d Bailey, C. Michael (1 September 1999). "32 Jazz: Anthropology New and Old". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 9 March 2000. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Hunter Jr., Al (4 March 1999). "Jazz For The Masses 32 Records Is Carving Out A Niche With Reissued Tracks". Philadelphia Daily News. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Graybow, Steve (22 August 1998). "Jazz Blue Notes". Billboard: 31. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Graybow, Steve (3 July 1999). "The Great Compilation Controversy". Billboard: 43. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b Mayfield, Geoff (3 July 1999). "Jazz Through June: Year-To-Date Charts". Billboard: 46. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
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  8. ^ Jacobs, Qa'id. Groove Jammy: Rare Groove Classics from the Muse Catalog at AllMusic
  9. ^ a b "32 Records Announces Hiring of Todd Barkan, Noted Jazz Producer" (Press release). New York: 32 Records. 5 July 2000. Archived from the original on 19 February 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  10. ^ Lichtman, Irv (18 March 2000). "Newsline". Billboard. p. 92. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  11. ^ a b Waller, Don (12 July 2000). "Indie 32 taps Barkan; Dorn forms Label M". Variety. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  12. ^ CDBeat.com, Inc. (31 March 2000). "FORM 10-KSB". p. 3. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  13. ^ Margolis, Bob (24 August 2000). "Producer Todd Barkan On The Past And Future Of Jazz". MTV. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  14. ^ Spinrocket.com, Inc. (11 September 2000). "Form 8-K". Exhibit 99.1. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  15. ^ Porter, Christopher (16 January 2003). "Savoy Acquires Muse & Landmark Catalogs". JazzTimes. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  16. ^ ConnectivCorp (5 January 2004). "Form 8-K". Item 8. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  17. ^ Greater Than the Sum of His Parts at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  18. ^ A Standing Eight at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  19. ^ Left Hook, Right Cross at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  20. ^ "32 Jazz: a Checklist". Saturn Web. 1999-08-23. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2012-02-10.

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