Chiaroscuro Records

Chiaroscuro Records is an American jazz record label that was founded by Hank O'Neal in 1973 and now is owned by WVIA Public Media.

Label history

After initial experiments with label -ups, the Blue Label Melodian Records and the Jazz Label Halycon ( with Marian McPartland ) in the late 1960s created Hank O'Neal, the City worked in the main job as a government official in New York, in 1973, the independent label Chiaroscuro, (Italian: " light-dark " ), inspired by the chiaroscuro Sessions by Eddie Condon. The first production was a solo album by Earl Hines, who brought it to a Grammy nomination, Most sessions took off in 1973 in O'Neal's own Downtown Sound Studio instead, which had to be closed in 1981. Between 1970 and 1978, O'Neal brought out more than a hundred LPs, most were from musicians of the old-time, swing and mainstream jazz, which were then neglected by the major labels, such as Mary Lou Williams, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Don Ewell, Dick Wellstood, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Dave McKenna, Claude Hopkins, Jonah Jones, Joe Venuti, Jess Stacy, Max Kaminsky, Ruby Braff, George Barnes and Eddie Condon. This was followed by modern -oriented musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz and Dollar Brand; Mid -1970s, some fusion and avant-garde productions with Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, Borah Bergman, Noah Howard, Perry Robinson, Frank Wright, Bruce Ditmas or Ryo Kawasaki.

In 1978, O'Neal sold the label to the American distributor Audio Fidelity. After he had established in New York, the music agency HOSS, bought O'Neal in 1987 with his business partner Andrew Sordoni the entire back catalog of Chiaroscuro back, which was expanded through the acquisition of small labels Chaz Jazz, including through recordings by Ralph Sutton, Jay McShann, Kenny Davern, Peanuts Hucko, Eddie Miller and Vic Dickenson. There were 1989 new productions, which were partly supervised by Sordoni, some of O'Neal. Since then, new recordings that were created both organized by O'Neal cruises ( as Al Grey, Flip Phillips, Dorothy Donegan Louie Bellson ) and in the studio of Rudy Van Gelder published, including by Bobby Rose Garden ( with Milt Hinton and Hank Jones ), Junior Mance, Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Terry Gibbs, Urbie Green, John Eaton and Adam Makowicz ( Opalenscese, the last management jointly with John Hammond session).

Disco Graphical Notes

  • Kenny Davern - Spanish Eyes (1995 )
  • Earl Hines / Joe Venuti - Hot Sonatas ( 1975)
  • Roger Kellaway Meets the Duo: Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore ( 1992)
  • Joe Venuti and Zoot Sims - Joe & Zoot (1974 )