Contemporary Records

Contemporary Records

Profile:
US label, also appears as "Contemporary" only.
Label Code: LC 0164 / LC 00164
In 1951, two years after establishing his Good Time Jazz label as an outlet for traditional jazz, Lester Koenig ventured into modern jazz with Contemporary Records. The Los Angeles-based company quickly set industry standards with its superb audio, quiet pressings, striking album graphics, and informative liner notes, and, in 1956, was the first to record jazz in stereo.

Contemporary Records not only captured the cream of the Southern California jazz scene, including such musicians as Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, Art Pepper, Andre Previn, and Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars, but also cut two albums by East Coast tenor titan Sonny Rollins and launched the recording career of jazz revolutionary Ornette Coleman.

In 1984, seven years after Koenig's death, Contemporary was acquired by Fantasy, Inc., which maintained the label's legacy by signing such artists as Frank Morgan, Carol Sloane, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Bud Shank, Chris Connor, and the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet.

In UK, label was a division of Vogue Records at 113-115 Fulham Road, London in 1950s.
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Contact Info:
Contemporary Records, Inc.
8481 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, California 90069
U.S.A.
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Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
1 J 062-93.057 Ornette Coleman - Tomorrow Is The Question! Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is The Question!(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 1 J 062-93.057 Spain 1971 Sell This Version
2 C 062-90668 Barney Kessel - Feeling Free Barney Kessel Feeling Free(LP, Album) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 2 C 062-90668 France 1969 Sell This Version
2C 062-90.669 Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons - Firebirds Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons - Firebirds(LP, Album) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 2C 062-90.669 France Unknown Sell This Version
4CCD-4425-2 Various - The West Coast Jazz Box Various The West Coast Jazz Box (Comp) 4CCD-4425-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
4CCD-4441-2 Various - The Contemporary Records Story Various The Contemporary Records Story(4xCD, Comp, Box) Contemporary Records, Fantasy 4CCD-4441-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
5C 14013 Frank Morgan With Cedar Walton Trio - Easy Living Frank Morgan With Cedar Walton Trio Frank Morgan With Cedar Walton Trio - Easy Living(Cass, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C 14013 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
5C 14014 George Cables - Phantom Of The City George Cables Phantom Of The City(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C 14014 US Unknown Sell This Version
5C-14015 George Cables - Circle George Cables Circle(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14015 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14017 Bob Cooper And Snooky Young Sextet Featuring Ernie Andrews - In A Mellotone Bob Cooper And Snooky Young Sextet Featuring Ernie Andrews Bob Cooper And Snooky Young Sextet Featuring Ernie Andrews - In A Mellotone(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14017 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C 14019 The Bud Shank Quartet* - That Old Feeling The Bud Shank Quartet* That Old Feeling(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14019 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C-14020 The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet* Featuring Curtis Fuller - Back To The City The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet* Featuring Curtis Fuller The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet* Featuring Curtis Fuller - Back To The City(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14020 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C 14021 Frank Morgan - Lament Frank Morgan Lament(Cass, Album, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C 14021 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C-14022 Terry Gibbs - The Latin Connection Terry Gibbs The Latin Connection(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14022 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C-14024 Billy Higgins - Bridgework Billy Higgins Bridgework(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14024 US 1987 Sell This Version
5C 14026 Frank Morgan Quintet - Bebop Lives! Frank Morgan Quintet Bebop Lives!(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C 14026 US 1987 Sell This Version
5C 14027 The Bud Shank Quartet* - At Jazz Alley The Bud Shank Quartet* At Jazz Alley(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14027 US 1987 Sell This Version
5C 14029 Art Farmer - Something To Live For - The Music Of Billy Strayhorn Art Farmer Something To Live For - The Music Of Billy Strayhorn(Cass, Album, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C 14029 US 1987 Sell This Version
5C 14032 Jimmy Rowles, Red Mitchell, Colin Bailey & Stacy Rowles - I'm Glad There Is You Jimmy Rowles, Red Mitchell, Colin Bailey & Stacy Rowles Jimmy Rowles, Red Mitchell, Colin Bailey & Stacy Rowles - I'm Glad There Is You(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14032 US 1987 Sell This Version
5C 14035 Frank Morgan / George Cables - Double Image Frank Morgan / George Cables Frank Morgan / George Cables - Double Image(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14035 US 1987 Sell This Version
5C-14036 Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco - Chicago Fire Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco - Chicago Fire(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14036 US 1987 Sell This Version
5C-14037 George Robert-Tom Harrell Quintet, George Robert, Tom Harrell - Sun Dance George Robert-Tom Harrell Quintet, George Robert, Tom Harrell George Robert-Tom Harrell Quintet, George Robert, Tom Harrell - Sun Dance(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14037 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C 14038 Chris Connor - New Again Chris Connor New Again(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14038 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14039 Frank Morgan and the McCoy Tyner Trio - Major Changes Frank Morgan and the McCoy Tyner Trio Frank Morgan and the McCoy Tyner Trio - Major Changes(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14039 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14042 The Art Farmer Quintet* - Blame It On My Youth The Art Farmer Quintet* Blame It On My Youth(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14042 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14043 Tom Harrell - Stories Tom Harrell Stories(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14043 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C 14045 Frank Morgan Quartet - Yardbird Suite Frank Morgan Quartet Yardbird Suite(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14045 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14046 Jackie & Roy - Full Circle Jackie & Roy Full Circle(Cass, Album, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C-14046 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C 14047 Buddy DeFranco / Terry Gibbs Quintet - Holiday For Swing Buddy DeFranco / Terry Gibbs Quintet Holiday For Swing(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14047 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14050 The Joshua Breakstone Quartet - Self-Portrait In Swing The Joshua Breakstone Quartet Self-Portrait In Swing(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14050 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C-14051 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars - Jazz Invention (40th Anniversary Reunion Concert) Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Jazz Invention (40th Anniversary Reunion Concert)(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14051 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C 14052 Frank Morgan Allstars - Reflections Frank Morgan Allstars Reflections (Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14052 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C-14053 John Campbell (18) After Hours(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14053 US Unknown Sell This Version
5C-14054 Tom Harrell - Sail Away Tom Harrell Sail Away(Cass, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C-14054 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C-14055 Art Farmer - Ph.D. Art Farmer Ph.D.(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14055 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C-14056 Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco - Air Mail Special Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco - Air Mail Special(Cass, Comp) Contemporary Records 5C-14056 US 1990 Sell This Version
5C-14057 Art Farmer / Frank Morgan / Lou Levy / Eric Von Essen / Albert Art Farmer / Frank Morgan / Lou Levy / Eric Von Essen / Albert "Tootie" Heath* Art Farmer / Frank Morgan / Lou Levy / Eric Von Essen / Albert "Tootie" Heath* - Central Avenue Reunion(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14057 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C 14059 Tom Harrell - Form Tom Harrell Form(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C 14059 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
5C 14062 Joshua Breakstone Trio - 9 By 3 Joshua Breakstone Trio 9 By 3(Cass, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C 14062 US 1991 Sell This Version
9CCD-4417-2 Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions Art Pepper The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions (Album, Comp) 9CCD-4417-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
45V 2415 Helen Humes, Benny Carter's Allstars* - Bill Bailey, Won´t You Please Come Home Helen Humes, Benny Carter's Allstars* Helen Humes, Benny Carter's Allstars* - Bill Bailey, Won´t You Please Come Home(7") Contemporary Records 45V 2415 UK 1959 Sell This Version
304 The Woodys* - The Saints (Go Surfin' In) / Red River Valley The Woodys* The Saints (Go Surfin' In) / Red River Valley 304 US 1963 Sell This Version
3523 Hampton Hawes - Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes, Vol. 3: The Trio Hampton Hawes Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes, Vol. 3: The Trio (Album) 3523 France 1990 Sell This Version
3584 Shelly Manne - Shelly Manne "The Three" & "The Two"(LP, Comp, Mono, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 3584 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
3584 / OJC-172 Shelly Manne - Shelly Manne "The Three" & "The Two"(LP, RE, Car) Contemporary Records 3584 / OJC-172 France 1984 Sell This Version
4008 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars - Vol. 6 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Vol. 6(10", EP, Mono) Contemporary Records 4008 US 1953 Sell This Version
7532 Art Pepper - Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section Art Pepper Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (Album) 7532 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7574 The Curtis Counce Group - Carl's Blues The Curtis Counce Group Carl's Blues(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 7574 US Unknown Sell This Version
7642 Art Pepper - Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard Art Pepper Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard (Album) 7642 US 1979 Sell This Version
7643 Art Pepper - Friday Night At The Village Vanguard Art Pepper Friday Night At The Village Vanguard (Album) 7643 US 1980 Sell This Version
7644 Art Pepper - Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard Art Pepper Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 7644 US 1980 Sell This Version
7654 Terry Gibbs Dream Band - Volume 3 Flying Home Terry Gibbs Dream Band Volume 3 Flying Home(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 7654 US 1988 Sell This Version
14001 George Cables - Cables' Vision George Cables Cables' Vision (Album) 14001 US 1980 Sell This Version
14002 Joe Farrell - Sonic Text Joe Farrell Sonic Text (Album) 14002 US 1981 Sell This Version
14003 Mike Garson - Avant Garson Mike Garson Avant Garson(LP) Contemporary Records 14003 US 1980 Sell This Version
14004 Tete Montoliu - Lunch In L.A. Tete Montoliu Lunch In L.A.(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 14004 US 1980 Sell This Version
14005 Chico Freeman - Peaceful Heart, Gentle Spirit Chico Freeman Peaceful Heart, Gentle Spirit (Album) 14005 US 1980 Sell This Version
14006 Joe Henderson - Relaxin' At Camarillo Joe Henderson Relaxin' At Camarillo (Album) 14006 US 1981 Sell This Version
14007 Jay Hoggard - Rain Forest Jay Hoggard Rain Forest(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 14007 US 1981 Sell This Version
14008 Chico Freeman - Destiny's Dance Chico Freeman Destiny's Dance (Album) 14008 US 1982 Sell This Version
14009 Bobby Hutcherson - Solo / Quartet Bobby Hutcherson Solo / Quartet(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 14009 US 1982 Sell This Version
14010 Peter Erskine - Peter Erskine Peter Erskine Peter Erskine (Album) 14010 US 1982 Sell This Version
14088 Eric Allison - After Hours Eric Allison After Hours(CD, Album) Contemporary Records, Fantasy Jazz Records 14088 USA & Canada 1997 Sell This Version
27 486 LM Ornette Coleman - Something Else!!!! Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!!(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 27 486 LM Spain 1990 Sell This Version
45-370 Shelly Manne & His Men - The Proper Time / Blues Theme from Shelly Manne & His Men The Proper Time / Blues Theme from "The Proper Time"(7", Single) Contemporary Records 45-370 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-371 The Barney Kessel Quartet - When Johnny Comes Marching Home / Spanish Scenery The Barney Kessel Quartet When Johnny Comes Marching Home / Spanish Scenery(7", Mon) Contemporary Records 45-371 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-372 Helen Humes - Million Dollar Secret / You're Driving Me Crazy Helen Humes Million Dollar Secret / You're Driving Me Crazy (Single) 45-372 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-373 Ruth Price With Shelly Manne & His Men - Shadrach / They Say It's Spring  Ruth Price With Shelly Manne & His Men Ruth Price With Shelly Manne & His Men - Shadrach / They Say It's Spring 45-373 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-374 Barney Kessel - Night Cry Barney Kessel Night Cry(7") Contemporary Records 45-374 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-378 Helyne Stewart - Why Don't You Do Right / My Heart Belongs To Daddy Helyne Stewart Why Don't You Do Right / My Heart Belongs To Daddy(7") Contemporary Records 45-378 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-380 Shelly Manne & Jack Marshall - Poinciana / Stormy Weather Shelly Manne & Jack Marshall Shelly Manne & Jack Marshall - Poinciana / Stormy Weather(7") Contemporary Records 45-380 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-383 Joy Bryan - From Joy Bryan From "Jumbo" My Romance / From "Gypsy" Everything's Coming Up Roses (7", Single) Contemporary Records 45-383 Unknown Sell This Version
45-384 Helyne Stewart - This Can't Be Love / I Hadn't Anyone Till You Helyne Stewart This Can't Be Love / I Hadn't Anyone Till You(7", Single) Contemporary Records 45-384 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-385 Art Pepper Quintet - Smack Up Art Pepper Quintet Smack Up(7", Single) Contemporary Records 45-385 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-386 Shelly Manne - Exodus Bossa Nova / Zamar Nodad Shelly Manne Exodus Bossa Nova / Zamar Nodad(7", Single, Promo) Contemporary Records 45-386 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-387 Shelly Manne - Tzena, Tzena / Hava Nagila Shelly Manne Tzena, Tzena / Hava Nagila(7", Single, Promo) Contemporary Records 45-387 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-388 Phineas Newborn Jr. - Manteca / Juicy Lucy Phineas Newborn Jr. Manteca / Juicy Lucy 45-388 US 1962 Sell This Version
57657 Terry Gibbs Dream Band - Volume 5 The Big Cat Terry Gibbs Dream Band Volume 5 The Big Cat(Cass) Contemporary Records 57657 US 1991 Sell This Version
68.600 Sonny Rollins - Way Out West Sonny Rollins Way Out West(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 68.600 France 1985 Sell This Version
68602 André Previn And His Pals* - West Side Story André Previn And His Pals* West Side Story(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 68602 France Unknown Sell This Version
68603 Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins And The Contemporary Leaders Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins And The Contemporary Leaders(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 68603 France Unknown Sell This Version
68605 Firehouse Five Plus Two Dixieland Favorites(LP, Album) Good Time Jazz, Contemporary Records 68605 France Unknown Sell This Version
68.606 Art Pepper - Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard Art Pepper Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68.606 France 1985 Sell This Version
68.607 Art Pepper - Friday Night At The Village Vanguard Art Pepper Friday Night At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 68.607 France 1985 Sell This Version
68.608 Art Pepper - Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard Art Pepper Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68.608 France Unknown Sell This Version
68609 Kid Ory Creole Jazz Band* - Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band Kid Ory Creole Jazz Band* Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band (LP, Mono, RE, RM) Good Time Jazz, Good Time Jazz, Contemporary Records 68609 France 1985 Sell This Version
68610 Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars* - At Last! Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars* Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars* - At Last!(LP, Album, RP) Contemporary Records 68610 France 1985 Sell This Version
68611 Barney Kessel - Easy Like Barney Kessel Easy Like(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Original Jazz Classics 68611 France 1984 Sell This Version
68.613 Art Pepper Quintet - Smack Up Art Pepper Quintet Smack Up(LP, Album, RE) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 68.613 France 1984 Sell This Version
68.614 Shelly Manne - Shelly Manne "The Three" & "The Two"(LP, Comp, Mono, RE) Contemporary Records 68.614 France 1984 Sell This Version
68.615 Art Pepper - Gettin' Together! Art Pepper Gettin' Together!(LP, Album, RE) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 68.615 France 1984 Sell This Version
68616 Benny Carter - Jazz Giant Benny Carter Jazz Giant(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 68616 France 1984 Sell This Version
68618 Benny Golson - Benny Golson's New York Scene Benny Golson Benny Golson's New York Scene(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 68618 France 1984 Sell This Version
68.620 Harold Land - Harold In The Land Of Jazz Harold Land Harold In The Land Of Jazz(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 68.620 France 1984 Sell This Version
68621 The Curtis Counce Group - You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce - Vol. 2 Counceltation The Curtis Counce Group You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce - Vol. 2 Counceltation(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68621 France Unknown Sell This Version
68.623 Barney Kessel with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown, The Poll Winners Barney Kessel with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown, The Poll Winners - The Poll Winners (Album) 68.623 France 1985 Sell This Version
68626 Ben Webster - At The Renaissance Ben Webster At The Renaissance(LP, Album) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 68626 France 1985 Sell This Version
78647 Art Pepper - No Limit Art Pepper No Limit(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 78647 France Unknown Sell This Version
98.600 Sonny Rollins - Way Out West Sonny Rollins Way Out West(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 98.600 France 1985 Sell This Version
98.605 Firehouse Five Plus Two - 16 Dixieland Favorites Firehouse Five Plus Two 16 Dixieland Favorites(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 98.605 France 1986 Sell This Version
98.610 Miles Davis And The The Lighthouse All-Stars* - At Last! Miles Davis And The The Lighthouse All-Stars* Miles Davis And The The Lighthouse All-Stars* - At Last! (Album) 98.610 Germany 1985 Sell This Version