Flying Dutchman Records

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Flying Dutchman Records
Parent companySony Music Entertainment
Founded1969 (1969)
FounderBob Thiele
Defunct1984 (1984)
Distributor(s)Legacy Recordings
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City

Flying Dutchman Records was an American jazz record label, which was owned by music industry executive, producer and songwriter Bob Thiele.[1][2]


Initially distributed by Atlantic Records, Thiele made a five-album deal in 1972 with Mega Records to issue five albums in the Flying Dutchman Series.[3] The deal was not renewed and distribution shifted to RCA Records, which took over the label in 1976.[4] The label released albums until 1984 when Thiele established Doctor Jazz Records.[5] Some of the musicians who recorded several albums for the label include singer Leon Thomas, saxophonist Gato Barbieri, arranger Oliver Nelson, saxophonist Tom Scott and pianist Lonnie Liston Smith. Gil Scott-Heron released three albums for the label, including his debut Small Talk at 125th and Lenox and Free Will.

Flying Dutchman had three sublabels, Amsterdam, BluesTime, and Contact.[6]

Flying Dutchman is independently owned and since 2011 has been distributed and marketed by Ace Records.[7]


10100 Series[edit]

Flying Dutchman Records commenced releasing LPs in 1969 with the 10100 Series that continued until 1973.[8][9]

Catalog No. Album Artist Details
10101 Soulful Brass #2 Steve Allen
10102 Come and Stick Your Head In Spontaneous Combustion
10103 Appleton Syntonic Menagerie Jon Appleton
10104 Emergency-Head Start Bob Thiele
10105 Ain't No Ambulances For No Nigguhs Tonight Stanley Crouch
10106 Hair to Jazz Tom Scott
10107 The Giant is Awakened Horace Tapscott
10108 Flight for Four John Carter & Bobby Bradford Quartet
10109 Hog Fat Jimmy Gordon
10110 Oh! Calcutta! Ron Anthony
10111 A Night at Santa Rita Robert Scheer
10112 My People Duke Ellington
10113 Newport News, Virginia Esther Marrow
10114 Paint Your Wagon Tom Scott
10115 Spirits Known and Unknown Leon Thomas
10116 Black, Brown and Beautiful Oliver Nelson
10117 The Third World Gato Barbieri
10118 Massacre at My Lai Pete Hamill
10120 3 Shades of Blue Johnny Hodges with Leon Thomas and Oliver Nelson
10121 Human Music Jon Appleton and Don Cherry
10122 Othello Ballet Suite/Electronic Organ Sonata No. 1 George Russell Also released on Sonet in Europe
10123 Friends and Neighbors: Live at Prince Street Ornette Coleman
10124 Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature George Russell
10125 Esoteric Circle Jan Garbarek
10126 The 8th of July, 1969 Gunter Hampel
10127 Murder at Kent State University Pete Hamill
10128 Self Determination Music John Carter and Bobby Bradford
10130 The Mayor and the People Carl B. Stokes A Black Suite for String Quartet and Jazz Orchestra by Oliver Nelson
10131 Small Talk at 125th & Lenox Gil Scott-Heron
10132 The Leon Thomas Album Leon Thomas
10133 Soulful Brass #3 Steve Allen
10134 Berlin Dialogue for Orchestra Oliver Nelson and the "Berlin Dreamband"
10135 El Exigente: The Demanding One Chico Hamilton
10136 SNCC's Rap H. Rap Brown / Leon Thomas
10137 The Great Comedy Album Starring Spiro T. Agnew Will Jordan
10138 Afrique Count Basie and His Orchestra Arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson
10139 Barefoot Boy Larry Coryell
10140 California Here I Come Mike Lipskin with Willie "The Lion" Smith
10141 Soul & Soledad Angela Davis
10142 Leon Thomas in Berlin Leon Thomas with Oliver Nelson
10143 Pieces of a Man Gil Scott-Heron
10144 Fénix Gato Barbieri
10145 Sunshine Man Harold Alexander
10146 Classic Tenors Coleman Hawkins / Lester Young Recorded December 1943
10147 Here Comes Earl "Fatha" Hines Earl Hines Reissue of 1966 Contact LP
10148 Are You Ready? Harold Alexander
10149 Swiss Suite Oliver Nelson
10150 Shelly Manne & Co. Shelly Manne Reissue of 1965 Contact LP compiling 1940s recordings
10151 El Pampero Gato Barbieri
10152 Those Were the Days Bob Thiele
10153 Free Will Gil Scott-Heron
10154 Soul Is... Pretty Purdie Bernard Purdie
10155 Blues and the Soulful Truth Leon Thomas
10156 Under Fire Gato Barbieri
10157 Song for Wounded Knee Richard Davis
10158 Bolivia Gato Barbieri
10159 What a Wonderful World Bobby Hackett
10161 The Songs of Bessie Smith Teresa Brewer, Count Basie and Thad Jones
10163 Astral Traveling Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
10164 Facets: An Anthology Leon Thomas Compilation
10165 The Legend of Gato Barbieri Gato Barbieri Compilation
10166 It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing Duke Ellington and Teresa Brewer
10167 Full Circle Leon Thomas

BluesTime Series[edit]

In 1969 Flying Dutchman established the BluesTime label to record blues music issuing ten albums between 1969 and 1970.[10][11]

Catalog No. (BTS) Album Artist Details
9001 The Plaster Caster Blues Band The Plaster Casters
9002 The Real Boss of the Blues Joe Turner
9003 Super Black Blues T-Bone Walker / Joe Turner / Otis Spann
9004 Every Day I Have the Blues T-Bone Walker
9005 The Return of Harmonica Slim Harmonica Slim
9006 Sweet Giant of the Blues Otis Spann
9007 The Original Cleanhead Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
9008 Just the Blues Malcolm & Chris
9009 Super Black Blues Volume II Leon Thomas / T-Bone Walker / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson / Joe Turner Two record set recorded live at Carnegie Hall in 1970
9010 Blue Rocks Otis Spann / T-Bone Walker /Joe Turner / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
1378 Dues Paid: The Bluestime Story 1968-1971 Various Artists Compilation


The Amsterdam subsidiary label was established in 1970 and concentrated of popular music including the recordings of Thiele's wife Teresa Brewer.[12]

Catalog No. (AMS) Album Artist Details
12001 Bossa Nova de Paris Valentino Marcel
12002 Never Again Golda Meir and Various Artists Audio documentary on Israel through the voices of its leaders and people narrated by David Perry
12003 Love Poems for the Very Married Lois Wyse Music arranged and conducted by Tom Scott
12004 Return from the Dead Dirty John's Hot Dog Stand with Kenny Paulson
12005 Heavy Equipment Euclid
12006 I Love You Better Now Lois Wyse
12007 The Minx (Soundtrack) The Cyrkle
12008 Here’s That Band Again: Dick Jurgens Plays His Hits Dick Jurgens
12009 Louis Armstrong and His Friends Louis Armstrong
12010 Leave Them a Flower Wally Whyton
12011 Here’s That Band Again Today Dick Jurgens
12012 Singin’ a Doo Dah Song Teresa Brewer
12013 Music, Music, Music Teresa Brewer
12014 Playing on the Moon Biscuit Davis
12015 Teresa Brewer in London Teresa Brewer

Reggae Series[edit]

In 1970 Flying Dutchman established the Reggae label to record reggae music issuing four albums.[13]

Catalog No. (RS) Album Artist Details
15001 The Reggae Beat Superman
15002 Super Reggae The Liquidators
15003 Reggae Thing The Ironmen
15004 Doin’ the Reggae Heavy Reggae Machine

Mega Records[edit]

Five albums produced under the Flying Dutchman Productions banner were released by the Mega label in 1972[14][15]

Catalog No. (M) Album Artist Details
31-1012 You Can't Make Love Alone Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
51-5000 Fairyland Larry Coryell
51-5001 Stand by Me (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get) Pretty Purdie and the Playboys
51-5002 Let’s Dance Again Benny Goodman and His Orchestra Recorded in 1969
51-5003 Gold Sunrise on Magic Mountain Leon Thomas

RCA Distributed Series[edit]

Starting in 1974, Flying Dutchman albums were released and distributed by RCA using their numbering system.[5]

Catalog No. Album Artist Details
0549 Old Rags The New Sunshine Jazz Band
0550 Yesterdays Gato Barbieri
0591 Cosmic Funk Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
0592 Oliver Edward Nelson in London with Oily Rags Oliver Nelson
0613 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Gil Scott-Heron Compilation
0825 Skull Session Oliver Nelson
0827 Onsaya Joy Groove Holmes
0829 Strike Up the Band Bobby Hackett with Zoot Sims and Bucky Pizzarelli
0830 Cesar 830 Cesar
0833 Tom Scott in L.A. Tom Scott Compilation
0834 Expansions Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
0964 I Saw Pinetop Spit Blood Bob Thiele and His Orchestra
1082 Bird and Dizzy: A Musical Tribute Elek Bacsik
1120 Nightwings Bucky Pizzarelli and Joe Venuti
1145 Hot Coles Shelly Manne
1146 Six Million Dollar Man Richard "Groove" Holmes
1147 El Gato Gato Barbieri
1196 Visions of a New World Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
1197 Dumpy Mama Sonny Stitt
1239 The French Market Jazz Band The French Market Jazz Band
1371 The World's Greatest Jazz Band of Yank Lawson & Bob Haggart In Concert Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart
1372 Scott Joplin Interpretations Mike Wofford
1378 Buck & Bud Bud Freeman and Bucky Pizzarelli
1449 A Dream Deferred Oliver Nelson
1460 Reflections of a Golden Dream Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
1461 Sometime Other Than Now Steve Marcus
1537 I'm in the Mood for Love Richard Holmes
1538 Stomp Off Let's Go Sonny Stitt
2568 Three Waves Steve Kuhn Trio Reissue of 1966 Contact LP


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  2. ^ "Bob Thiele". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  3. ^ "Mega Album Discography". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  4. ^ [1] Archived June 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ "Flying Dutchman Records USA". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
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  10. ^ Both Sides Now: Bluestime Subsidiary Label 9000 Series, accessed November 11, 2019
  11. ^ Wirz' American Music: Flying Dutchman BluesTime Records discography, accessed November 11, 2019
  12. ^ Both Sides Now:Amsterdam Subsidiary Label 12000 Series, accessed November 25, 2019
  13. ^ Wirz' American Music: Reggae Records discography, accessed November 11, 2019
  14. ^ Both Sides Now: Mega Records produced under the Flying Dutchman Productions banner, accessed November 11, 2019
  15. ^ Both Sides Now: Mega Album Discography, accessed November 11, 2019

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