Candid Records

Candid Records
Parent companyCandid Records
Founded1960 (1960)
FounderArchie Bleyer
GenreJazz, blues
Country of originUS
UK (since 1988)

Candid Records is a record label specialising in jazz, now based in the United Kingdom. It was founded in New York City in 1960 as a subsidiary of Cadence Records, owned by Archie Bleyer. Jazz writer and civil rights activist Nat Hentoff was the label's (A&R) director and, he attempted to create a catalog that represented jazz of the day. He also worked with designer and photographer Frank Gauna to create album covers.[1]

Candid's catalogue included Don Ellis, Abbey Lincoln, Booker Little, Charles Mingus, and Cecil Taylor. Later the label was bought by pop singer Andy Williams, who reissued some of the catalogue on his Barnaby label in the 1970s.[2]

In 1989, the Candid catalog was bought by Black Lion Records, which reissued material on CDs and produced new recordings. The catalogue expanded to include Greg Abate, Kenny Barron, Luis Bonilla, Art Hodes, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Shorty Rogers and Bud Shank, Mongo Santamaría, and Shirley Scott.[2]

  1. ^ "Candid Records - jazz album covers". Archived from the original on 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  2. ^ a b Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 379. ISBN 1561592846.