Antilles Records

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Antilles Records
Parent company Island Records
Founded 1980 (1980)
Founder Jeff Walker
Status Inactive
Genre Jazz
Country of origin U.S.

Antilles Records was a record label founded as a division of Island Records. It mostly recorded jazz (Joanne Brackeen, Biréli Lagrène, Phil Woods),[1] though its catalogue did include eclectic musicians Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. It was the first to introduce The Slits and Nick Drake to American audiences. One of its founders was Jeff Walker, an employee at Island and the first A&R director for Antilles.[2]

Polygram Records acquired Island in 1989, but Antilles remained independent. The 1990s saw issues from Frank Morgan, Randy Weston, and Johnny Griffin. Starting in 1995, it operated under the name Verve/Antilles, in Polygram's jazz division, the Verve group. By the end of the decade it no longer released jazz.[1]



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  2. ^ "Articles, interviews and reviews from Jeff Walker: Rock's Backpages". Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Allmusic
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  6. ^ Allmusic