Arabesque Records

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Arabesque Records
Founded 1987 (1987)
Founder Ward Botsford, Marvin Reiss
Genre Jazz, classical
Country of origin U.S.
Location New York City
Official website

Arabesque Records is an American record company and label specializing in jazz and classical music.

It was founded by Caedmon Audio as a classical music label. In 1988 it was bought by Ward Botsford and Marvin Reiss, becoming an independent label, and in 1992 added jazz to its production, with early releases by Craig Handy and Carmen Lundy. Its catalogue grew to include Jane Ira Bloom, Thomas Chapin, Dave Douglas, Art Farmer, Billy Hart, Myra Melford, and Charles McPherson, and Horace Tapscott.[1]



Catalogue No: AJO Artist Album
101 Craig Handy Split Second Timing
102 Carmen Lundy Moment to Moment
103 8 Bold Souls Sideshow
104 Leandro Braga E Por Que Nao? (And Why Not?)
105 Billy Hart Amethyst
106 Ray Drummond Excursion
107 Jane Ira Bloom Art and Aviation
108 String Trio of New York Intermobility
109 Craig Handy Introducing Three for All + One
110 Thomas Chapin I've Got Your Number
111 Ray Drummond Continuum
112 Art Farmer & Tom Harrell The Company I Keep
113 McPherson, Charles First Flight Out
114 8 Bold Souls Ant Farm
115 Thomas Chapin You Don't Know Me
116 Barry Finnerty Straight Ahead
117 Charles McPherson Come Play With Me
118 Art Farmer The Meaning of Art
119 Tapscott, Horace Aiee! The Phantom
120 Bloom, Jane Ira The Nearness
121 Sullivan, Charles Kamau
122 Drummond, Ray Vignettes
123 Wilson, Bert Endless Fingers
124 Foster, Frank Leo Rising
125 Cary, Marc Listen
126 Douglas, Dave Tiny Bell Trio: Live in Europe
127 Jordan, Marlon Marlon's Mode
128 Tapscott, Horace Thoughts of Dar es Salaam
129 Hart, Billy Oceans of Time
130 Farmer, Art Silk Road
131 Monder, Ben Dust
132 Douglas, Dave Stargazer
133 Lost Tribe Many Lifetimes
134 McPherson, Charles Manhattan Nocturne
135 Wilkins, Jack Trio Art
136 Wilson, Adrienne She's Dangerous
137 Robinson, Justin The Challenge
138 Zimmerli, Patrick Twelve Sacred Dances
139 Douglas, Dave Magic Triangle
140 Cary, Marc The Antidote
141 Drummond, Ray 1-2-3-4
142 Melford, Myra Above Blue
143 Hedman, Norman One Step Closer
144 Bloom, Jane Ira The Red Quartets
145 Douglas, Dave Leap Of Faith
146 Nash, Ted Rhyme & Reason
147 Melford, Myra Dance Beyond the Color
148 Monder, Ben Excavation
149 Sanabria, Bobby Live & In Clave!![2]
151 McCaslin, Donny Seen from Above
152 Colley, Scott The Magic Line
153 Malaby, Tony Sabino
154 Melford, Myra & Marty Ehrlich Yet Can Spring
155 Bloom, Jane Ira Sometimes the Magic
156 Nash, Ted Sidewalk Meeting
157 Ruiz, Hilton Enchantment
158 Bloom, Jane Ira Chasing Paint
159 Melford, Myra Where the Two Worlds Touch
160 McCaslin, Donny The Way Through
164 O'Gallagher, John Abacus
166 Abbasi, Rez Snake Charmer
180 Wiest, Steve, Big Band Excalibur
189 Wiest, Steve Out of the New

Classical (early issues)[edit]

  • Schubert and Schnabel – An Historical Recording, Volume IV., Therese Behr (1987)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams - Sir Yehudi Menuhin Conducting the English Chamber Orchestra (1988)
  • The Complete Chopin Piano WorksGarrick Ohlsson, piano (1989)
  • Music of AlkanRonald Smith, piano (1985)
  • The Complete Piano Variations of Johannes BrahmsIan Hobson, piano (1994)
  • George Gershwin: An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F – London Symphony Orchestra, Mitch Miller, conductor, David Golub, piano (1992)
  • Mozart: Complete Works for Four HandsArtur Balsam & Gena Raps, piano (1995)
  • Richard Strauss: Sinfonia Domestica; 4 Orchestral SongsWilhelm Furtwängler, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1989)
  • Benjamin Britten: Illuminations; Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Simple Symphony - English Chamber Orchestra; Elisabeth Söderström, Soprano; Gilbert Levine, Conductor (1989)
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch: Symphony No. 1; Piano Concerto; Age of Gold Suite - Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra; Garrick Ohlsson, Piano; Gilbert Levine, Conductor (1989)

Classical (later issues)[edit]

See also[edit]

List of Record Labels


  1. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). Barry Kernfeld, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 62. ISBN 1561592846. 
  2. ^ "Faculty Experts”, The New School. Retrieved 2012-08-25.

Further reading[edit]

  • S. Gribetz, "Label Watch: Arabesque's Dual Personality". Jazz Times vol. 22, no. 9 (1992), p. 24.

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