Candid Records

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Candid Records
Parent company Candid Records
Founded 1960
Founder Archie Bleyer
Genre Jazz
Country of origin USA
Official website

Candid Records is an American jazz record label. It was founded as a subsidiary of Archie Bleyer's Cadence label in New York City in 1960. The jazz writer and civil rights activist Nat Hentoff worked as the label's A&R director, aiming to create a representative catalog of the jazz of the day. Hentoff worked with designer and photographer Frank Gauna to create many memorable album covers.[1]

Original existence, 1960-1961[edit]

Although the label released recordings of classic sessions led by Clark Terry and Coleman Hawkins with Pee Wee Russell, it is mainly recordings of the emergent avant-garde and recordings celebrating the Civil Rights movement that stand out amongst the original Candid catalog. Recordings by Cecil Taylor and Steve Lacy belong to the first group, and those by Charles Mingus and Max Roach belong to the second, but there is not a strict differentiation. In particular, Roach's Freedom Now suite is a classic political statement.

The label had a brief existence in its New York incarnation, however, and recording ceased during 1961. The catalog passed into the hands of the popular singer Andy Williams, who reissued some of the catalog on his Barnaby label.

Revival, 1988-present[edit]

In 1988, the British record producer, Alan Bates, purchased the catalog outright, and reissued all of it, as well as previously unissued material.

Since the revival of the label, its jazz releases have grown to over 300 titles as Bates launched a new recording program, which continues to the present time, including albums by David Liebman, Toots Thielemans, Bob Dorough and others. Stacey Kent, the American expatriate singer based in London, was among those who have recorded for the revitalised label—which led to furthering her recording career with Blue Note/EMI; as are Clare Teal, who has since moved to Sony with the biggest ever recording-deal by a British jazz singer; and singer-pianist Jamie Cullum – whose debut album (funded by a student loan) was taken on by the label – and eventually saw him land a million pound record deal with Verve Records. Candid's current artist roster includes Mina Agossi, Kyle Eastwood, Cormac Kenevey, Geoff Gascoyne, Robin McKelle[fr], The Blessing, Paul Jayasinha, and latest signing, the singer/pianist Joe Stilgoe.

Bates' wife, Nieves Pascua-Bates, further expanded the operations of Candid Records in the Asia-Pacific by setting up a subsidiary in the Philippines. The most notable recording artists of the fledgling Asian jazz label, Candid Records Philippines, are the Filipino-British singer-songwriter, Mishka Adams, who had since been migrated to the mainstream Candid U.K. label; the guitarist-composer, Johnny Alegre with his jazz group, AFFINITY (whose album was launched in London's PizzaExpress Jazz Club in 2005); and Mon David, who won the London International Jazz (Singers') Competition in 2006.


# Leader Album
9000 Various Artists Candid Jazz
9001 Spann, Otis Otis Spann Is the Blues
9002 Roach, Max We Insist!
9003 Williams, Richard New Horn in Town
9004 Ellis, Don How Time Passes
9005 Mingus, Charles Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
9006 Taylor, Cecil The World of Cecil Taylor
9007 Lacy, Steve The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy
9008 Harrow, Nancy Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
9009 Terry, Clark Color Changes
9010 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Hopkins in New York
9011 Bailey, Benny Big Brass
9012 Akiyoshi, Toshiko The Toshiko - Mariano Quartet
9013 Taylor, Cecil Jumpin' Punkins
9014 Ervin, Booker That's It!
9015 Lincoln, Abbey Straight Ahead
9016 Woods, Phil Rights of Swing
9017 Taylor, Cecil & Buell Neidlinger New York City R&B
9018 Byard, Jaki Blues for Smoke
9019 Various Artists Thee Jazz Life
9020 Russell, Pee Wee & Coleman Hawkins Jazz Reunion
9021 Mingus, Charles Mingus
9022 Jazz Artists Guild Newport Rebels
9023 Memphis Slim Tribute to Broonzy, Carr, Davenport
9024 Memphis Slim USA
9025 Spann, Otis Walking the Blues
9026 * Mingus, Charles Reincarnation of a Lovebird
9027 Little, Booker Out Front
9028 Crawford, Ray Smooth Groove
9029 Massey, Cal Blues to Coltrane
9030 Chamber Jazz Sextet Plays Pal Joey
9031 Paich, Marty The Picasso of Big Band Jazz
9032 Ellis, Don Out of Nowhere
9033 Dolphy, Eric Candid Dolphy
9034 Taylor, Cecil Cell Walk for Celeste
9035 Thompson, Lucky Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Gonna Know?
9036 Ford, Ricky Manhattan Blues
9037 Hodes, Art Pagin' Mr. Jelly
9040 Lindsay, Erica Dreamer
9041 Newman, David Blue Head
9042 Mingus, Charles Mysterious Blues
9044 Barron, Kenny & John Hicks Rhythm-a-ning
9045 Hayes, Louis Crawl, The
9046 Taylor, Cecil Air
9049 Bartz, Gary West 42nd Street 3/31/90
9050 Edison, Sweets & Buddy Tate Swing Summit
9053 Ford, Ricky Ebony Rhapsody
9054 Morganelli, Mark Speak Low
9501 Harrison, Donald For Art's Sake
9502 Tonooka, Sumi Taking Time
9503 Gales, Larry A Message from Monk
9504 Roditi, Claudio Two of Swords
9505 Cain, Mike Strange Omen
9506 Bartz, Gary There Goes the Neighborhood
9507 Bonilla, Luis Pasos Gigantes
9508 Barron, Kenny Lemuria-Seascape
9509 Woodard, Rickey California Cooking!
9510 Shank, Bue and Rogers, Shorty America the Beautiful!
9511 Reed, Eric Soldier's Hymn
9512 Liebman, David Classic Ballads
9513 Abate, Greg Bop City
9514 Harrison, Donald Indian Blues
9515 Roditi, Claudio Milestones
9516 Tonooka, Sumi Here Comes Kai
9517 Chambers, Joe Phantom of the City
9518 Ford, Ricky Hot Brass
9519 Barron, Kenny & Barry Harris Confirmation
9520 Shank, Bud The Doctor Is In
9521 Shank, Bud and Rogers, Shorty Eight Brothers
9522 Jerolamon, Jeff Introducing Jeff Jerolamon
9523 D'Rivera, Paquito Who's Smoking?!
9524 Perkins, Bill I Wished on the Moon
9525 Scott, Shirley Blues Everywhere
9526 Lewis, Vic Shake Down the Stars
9527 Woodard, Rickey The Tokyo Express
9528 Ford, Ricky American-African Blues
9529 Cain, Mike What Means This?
9530 Abate, Greg Straight Ahead
9531 Liebman, David Joy: The Music Of John Coltrane
9532 Ruiz, Hilton Live At Birdland
9533 Shank, Bud I Told You So!
9534 Ignatzek, Klaus Answer, The
9535 Lewis, Vic West Coast All-Stars Play Bill Holman
9537 Hodes, Art Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now!
9538 Jerolamon, Jeff Swing Thing!
9540 Konitz, Lee Lullaby Of Birdland
9702 Stafford, Terell Time To Let Go
9703 Santamaria, Mongo Brazilian Sunset
9704 Hobbs, Steve On The Lower East Side
9705 Scott, Shirley Skylark
9706 Klein, Guillermo El Minotauro
9707 Shank, Bud New Gold
9708 DiNovi, Gene Renaissance Of A Jazz Master
9711/12 Lewis, Vic Celebration Of Contemporary West Coast Jazz (2-CD)
9713 Bennett, Don Chicago Calling
9714 Newton, David In Good Company
9715 Abate, Greg Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
9716 Ignatzek, Klaus Return Voyage (To The Golden Age Of Hard Bop)
9717 Hodes, Art Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now!
9718 Stafford, Terell Centripetal Force
9719 Scott, Shirley A Walkin' Thing
9720 Great British Jazz Band, The Jubilee
9721 Williams, Jessica Gratitude
9722 Childers, Buddy West Coast Quintet
9723 Bennett, Don Solar
9724 Basie Alumni Swinging For The Count
9725 Bailey, Craig New Journey
9726 DiNovi, Gene Live At The Montreal Bistro, Toronto
9727 Martignon, Hector Portrait In White & Black
9728 Newton, David Twelfth Of The Twelfth
9729 Ignatzek, Klaus Silent Horns
9731 Trainor, Brian Portraits
9733 Bennett, Don Simplexity
9734 Konitz, Lee & Harold Danko Wild As Springtime
9735 Childers, Buddy Artistry In Jazz
9736 Williams, Jessica Higher Standards
9737 Kent, Stacey Close Your Eyes
9740 Great British Jazz Band, The British Jazz Odyssey, A
9741 Braff, Ruby As Time Goes By…
9744 Jean-Baptiste, David Feeling Tones
9745 Laubrock, Ingrid Who Is It?
9746 Martignon, Hector Foreign Affair, The
9750 Williams, Jessica Jazz In The Afternoon
9764 Kent, Stacey Let Yourself Go!


  1. ^ "Candid Records - jazz album covers". Retrieved 2012-02-09. 

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