Babel Label

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Babel Label
Founded1994 (1994)
FounderOliver Weindling
GenreJazz
Country of originUK
LocationLondon, England
Official websitebabellabel.co.uk

Babel Label is a jazz record label founded in 1994 by Oliver Weindling. It released more than 130 recordings in its first 20 years, two of which were nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Formation[edit]

Weindling was a banker in England in the 1980s when his interest in jazz expanded beyond a hobby.[1] He became acquainted with musicians from the British big band Loose Tubes and with Iain Ballamy and Billy Jenkins.[2] Weindling began organising concerts for London musicians and found that CDs were essential to generate publicity.[3] In 1994,[1] Motivated by this and by the difficulty of releasing the music that he was interested in, Weindling started the label and named it after the Biblical tower.[2][3]

Approach and releases[edit]

Despite being the label's owner and only full-time employee, Weindling does not seek to influence what the musicians play on the label's recordings.[3] Although Babel is not formally linked with any studio or recording engineers, it tends to use a small number of each.[2]

Babel has released both studio and concert recordings.[2] "Most releases are joint ventures with musicians licensing their recordings to Babel and after-cost profits [are] shared."[3] In 2014, all of the label's releases were available on CD and as downloads, with some also available on vinyl.[3] In its first two decades, Babel released more than 130 albums.[3]

Babel's catalogue includes albums by Jenkins, Steve Argüelles, Julian Argüelles, Huw Warren, Christine Tobin and Phil Robson.[2] Held on the Tips of Fingers by Polar Bear and Knee-Deep in the North Sea by Portico Quartet were nominated for the Mercury Prize.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Margasak, Peter (May 2014). "Babel Records Banks on the Long Term". DownBeat. Vol. 81, no. 5. p. 18.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Baekgaard, Jakob (24 September 2012). "Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound". All About Jazz. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Waxman, Ken (January 2014). "Babel Label". The New York City Jazz Record. No. 141. pp. 12, 39.

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