33 Jazz Mostly mainstream, straightahead, and vocals-led sounds.
Acid jazz in the 1990s introduced a genre-defining commercial blend of mod, soul-jazz and Hammond organ flavours that helped turn on a new generation and spawned its own sub-genre.
ASC Albums by Mike Westbrook, Julian Joseph and Steve Plews are included in the catalogue of this long-running label.
Audio B Run by bassist Malcom Creese. Chamber jazz in outlook with a bop flavour.
Babel Current artists include Human and Bruno Heinen.
Basho Home to The Impossible Gentlemen, Trish Clowes, and Liam Noble.
Brownswood Zara McFarlane is pride of place on the label in terms of jazz singers.
Candid No new releases for quite a while yet Candid, sometimes dubbed the ‘singer’s label’ as it championed the then unknown Jamie Cullum and signed Stacey Kent and Clare Teal early in their careers, remains one of the best known UK jazz labels partly because of this prescient A&Ring, and its history stretching back to an earlier period in the States.
Chaos Collective Back catalogue includes records by Laura Jurd and Corrie Dick.
Coffee and apple records Home to Kitty LaRoar and Simians of Swing.
Confront Mark Wastell’s adventurous improv label.
Destin-e Records Saxophonist and bass clarinettist Courtney Pine’s label. Choice items in the UK jazz legend’s back catalogue, still one of the biggest draws in concert halls, occasionally clubs and festivals all over, include House of Legends, Song: The Ballad Book (2015) with pianist Zoe Rahman and above on a Radio 3 In Tune session, and the self titled award winning debut album from Empirical then with Jay Phelps, Kit Downes and Neil Charles joining Nat Facey and Shaney Forbes, Courtney producing on that occasion and playing a bit. Maximum respect.
Diatribe Dons of the Dublin improv and alt.jazz scene.
Diving Duck Ronnie Scott’s musical director pianist James Pearson and Scots jazz icon Jim Mullen are among label luminaries.
Downhome Records Pianist and MOJO jazz writer Chris Ingham’s own label.
Edition Phronesis are this quality label’s chief act.
Efpi Manchester label, home to Beats & Pieces big band.
Ergodos A Dublin based label with an Irish traditional, forward looking jazz – and improv-inflected signing policy.
F-IRE Started originally by Barak Schmool and modelled on Steve Coleman’s MBASE now developing a new artist ‘Presents’ line but not very active these days. Latest discovery was Alex Merritt on a New Cool School tip.
FMR Trevor Taylor’s Essex-based label furnishes a big back catalogue dating back to the 1990s.
Foghorn Saxist Tony Bevan’s label. Late period Sunny Murray (RIP) features in the catalogue.
Gearbox Mainly vinyl. Successes have included Binker & Moses’ Dem Ones + archival Tubby Hayes and Michael Garrick exclusives.
Gondwana Mancunian spiritual jazz label. Mammal Hands, Gondwana Orchestra, Matt Halsall, and the early records of GoGo Penguin all present and correct.
Hep Trad, reissues and vintage label based in Scotland.
Jazzizit Among the roster artists on saxophonist/producer Derek Nash’s long-running label synonymous with high quality productions of heartland straightahead, jazz-funk and jazz-vocals albums are singer Trudy Kerr and saxophonist Dave O’Higgins.
Jazz on Film Records Selwyn Harris’ acclaimed jazz film soundtrack box set label.
Jellymould Home to jam king Hannes Riepler.
The Leaf Label Pete Wareham’s Melt Yourself Down and Matthew Bourne’s Moog project are in the back catalogue.
Leo Veteran avant garde label that made its name before the Berlin Wall came down in those days specialising in the Soviet era avant garde as well as US free-jazz.
Lost Marble Django Bates’ label run by the pianist’s manager, Jeremy Farnell.
Luminous Lume’s artist-run label.
Lyte Run by drummer David Lyttle. His album Faces picked up acclaim in 2015.
Peter Edwards Music The Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Zara McFarlane pianist Peter Edwards’ own label.
Provocateur Mask Orchestra and ex-Gillan rocker TV and film composer Colin Towns’ back catalogue is a feature.
Psi An Evan Parker-curated label.
RareNoise Prog-jazz label’s roster includes WorldService Project and Jamie Saft.
Sospiro Classical music saxophonist and composer John Harle’s label.
Soul jazz Known for its well-curated compilations, an offshoot of the gem of Soho jazz record shops, one of the last still standing vinyl revival and all in a decimated West End shop specialist small shop landscape, Sounds of the Universe.
Spartacus Home to the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Tommy Smith.
Specific Kent-based record distributor Proper’s in-house label. Artists on the roster have included Jacqui Dankworth and Tony Kofi.
Splashpoint Back catalogue includes Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll and Sue Richardson records.
Stoney Lane is a relatively new Birmingham scene label, pianist composer/arranger Hans Koller among the roster.
Trio Records Drummer Clark Tracey’s mainstream, bebop and hard bop label.
Tru Thoughts Eclectic jazz inclined dance and DJ-inspired rare grooves galore rising up from a Brighton base. Home to Nostalgia 77 and Alice Russell.
Two Rivers Artists include Darwish.
Village Life Pigfoot co-leader Paul Clarvis’ London based label.
Whirlwind Recordings Hard bop and New Cool School label run by bassist Michael Janisch.
Woodville Retro straightahead redoubt.