Contemporary Records

Contemporary Records

Profile:
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
Sites:
[l33660]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2C 062-90.669 Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons - Firebirds(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 2C 062-90.669 France Unknown Sell This Version
4CCD-4425-2 Various The West Coast Jazz Box(4xCD, Comp + Box) Contemporary Records 4CCD-4425-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
5C 14013 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-14015 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 Bob Cooper And Snooky Young Sextet Featuring Ernie Andrews - In A Mellotone(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14017 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C 14021 Frank Morgan Lament(Cass, Album, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C 14021 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C-14022 Terry Gibbs The Latin Connection(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14022 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C-14039 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 14047 Buddy DeFranco / Terry Gibbs Quintet Holiday For Swing(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14047 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14056 Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco - Air Mail Special(Cass, Comp) Contemporary Records 5C-14056 US 1990 Sell This Version
9CCD-4417-2 Art Pepper The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions(9xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box, Comp) Contemporary Records 9CCD-4417-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
304 The Woodys* The Saints (Go Surfin' In) / Red River Valley(7", Promo) California Records (3) 304 US 1963 Sell This Version
3523 Hampton Hawes Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes, Vol. 3: The Trio(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 3523 US Unknown Sell This Version
7532 Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 7532 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7642 Art Pepper Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard (Album) 7642 US 1979 Sell This Version
7643 Art Pepper Friday Night At The Village Vanguard (Album) 7643 US 1980 Sell This Version
7644 Art Pepper Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard (Album) 7644 US 1979 Sell This Version
9004 Pepe Romero Flamenco Fenómeno(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 9004 US 1960 Sell This Version
14001 George Cables Cables' Vision (Album) 14001 US 1980 Sell This Version
14002 Joe Farrell Sonic Text (Album) 14002 US 1981 Sell This Version
14003 Mike Garson Avant Garson(LP) Contemporary Records 14003 US 1980 Sell This Version
14004 Tete Montoliu Lunch In L.A.(LP) Contemporary Records 14004 US 1980 Sell This Version
14005 Chico Freeman Peaceful Heart, Gentle Spirit (Album) 14005 US 1980 Sell This Version
14006 Joe Henderson Relaxin' At Camarillo(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 14006 US 1981 Sell This Version
14008 Chico Freeman Destiny's Dance(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 14008 US 1982 Sell This Version
14010 Peter Erskine Peter Erskine (Album) 14010 US 1982 Sell This Version
14088 Eric Allison After Hours(CD, Album) Contemporary Records 14088 USA & Canada 1997 Sell This Version
27 486 LM Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!!(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 27 486 LM Spain 1990 Sell This Version
45-373 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
45-380 Shelly Manne & Jack Marshall Shelly Manne & Jack Marshall - Poinciana / Stormy Weather(7") Contemporary Records 45-380 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-384 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(7", Single) Contemporary Records 45-385 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-387 Shelly Manne Tzena, Tzena / Hava Nagila(7", Single, Promo) Contemporary Records 45-387 US Unknown Sell This Version
68600 Sonny Rollins Way Out West(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68600 France 1957 Sell This Version
68602 André Previn And His Pals* West Side Story(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68602 France Unknown Sell This Version
68603 Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins And The Contemporary Leaders(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 68603 France Unknown Sell This Version
68.606 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(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68.607 France Unknown Sell This Version
68.608 Art Pepper Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68.608 France Unknown Sell This Version
68610 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
68618 Benny Golson Benny Golson's New York Scene(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 68618 France 1984 Sell This Version
68626 Ben Webster At The Renaissance(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 68626 France 1985 Sell This Version
98.600 Sonny Rollins Way Out West(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 98.600 France Unknown Sell This Version
98.610 Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars* Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars* - At Last!(CD, Album) Contemporary Records 98.610 France & Benelux Unknown Sell This Version
98.628 Barney Kessel Kessel Plays Standards(CD, Album, RM) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 98.628 France 1985 Sell This Version
98.630 Kid Ory Favorites !(CD) Contemporary Records, Good Time Jazz 98.630 France 1986 Sell This Version
98.635 Art Pepper Quintet Smack Up(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 98.635 France Unknown Sell This Version
98.636 Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 98.636 France 1987 Sell This Version
98643 Firehouse Five Plus Two 16 Dixieland Favorites(CD, Album, RE, RM) Good Time Jazz, Contemporary Records 98643 France 1986 Sell This Version
98.646 Art Pepper with Warne Marsh Art Pepper with Warne Marsh - Art Pepper With Warne Marsh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 98.646 France 1986 Sell This Version
99997 Barney Kessel Modern Jazz Performances From Bizet's Opera Carmen(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Carrere 99997 France 1990 Sell This Version
408023 Art Pepper Living Legend(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Contemporary Records 408023 US 2015 Sell This Version
4514007 Jay Hoggard Reverend Libra / Jammin' In The Sunshine (7", Promo) Contemporary Records 4514007 1981 Sell This Version
9031-74224-2 Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!!(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Original Jazz Classics, Carrere 9031-74224-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
0 25218 6691 2 2 André Previn's Trio Jazz* King Size!(CD, RM) Contemporary Records 0 25218 6691 2 2 US 1991 Sell This Version
68/671/68.613 Art Pepper Quintet Smack Up(LP, Album, Mono) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records, OJC 68/671/68.613 France 1984 Sell This Version
025218148122 Dennis Marks Images(CD) Contemporary Records 025218148122 US 1996 Sell This Version
00025218171120 Claire Austin Claire Austin Sings "When Your Lover Has Gone"(CD, Album, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM) Contemporary Records, Good Time Jazz, Original Jazz Classics 00025218171120 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218177023 Ruth Price With Shelly Manne & His Men Ruth Price With Shelly Manne & His Men - At The Manne Hole(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218177023 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218185929 Jimmy Woods Awakening!!(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218185929 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218187824 Duane Tatro Duane Tatro's Jazz For Moderns(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218187824 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218193429 Joe Gordon Lookin' Good!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218193429 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218616324 Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218616324 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
00025218616621 Art Farmer Portrait Of Art Farmer(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218616621 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00025218631624 Hampton Hawes Trio Hampton Hawes Trio, Vol. 1(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218631624 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
00025218633628 Shelly Manne & His Friends Modern Jazz Performances Of Songs From My Fair Lady(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218633628 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
0025218633727 Sonny Rollins Way Out West(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 0025218633727 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
0025218633826 Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 0025218633826 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
0025218634120 Art Pepper Art Pepper + Eleven (Modern Jazz Classics)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 0025218634120 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
00025218634229 Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is The Question!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218634229 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
00025218639026 Ben Webster At The Renaissance(CD, Album) Contemporary Records 00025218639026 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
00025218648028 Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars* Miles Davis And The Lighthouse All-Stars* - At Last!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218648028 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
00025218661027 Peter Erskine Peter Erskine(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218661027 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218677622 Joe Henderson Relaxin' At Camarillo(CDr, Album, RE, RM, RP) Contemporary Records, Original Jazz Classics 00025218677622 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
00025218677721 Joe Farrell Sonic Text(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Sup) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218677721 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218696920 The Poll Winners The Poll Winners Exploring The Scene(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218696920 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
0888072319929 Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 0888072319929 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
0888072328457 Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 0888072328457 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
ACV 2069 Art Pepper Intensity(LP, Album, Num, 140) Doxy ACV 2069 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
AP 103 Darius Milhaud Directing His Own Music(10", Album) Contemporary Records AP 103 US 1952 Sell This Version
APJ 017 Art Pepper Art Pepper + Eleven (Modern Jazz Classics)(LP, Album, RE) Analogue Productions, Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records APJ 017 US 1995 Sell This Version
C-301 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Sunday Jazz A La Lighthouse, Vol. 1(LP, Album, Mono, Red) Contemporary Records C-301 US Unknown Sell This Version
C 353 Shelly Manne And His Men* You And The Night And The Music / Gazelle(Shellac, 10") Contemporary Records C 353 US 1953 Sell This Version
C 2001 California String Quartet* George Barati: String Quartet (1944)(10", Mono) Contemporary Records C 2001 US 1953 Sell This Version
C2-010 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Volume 4(2x7", Album, EP, Mono) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records C2-010 US 1954 Sell This Version
C2501 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Sunday Jazz A La Lighthouse, Vol. 2 C2501 US 1953 Sell This Version
C 2502 Henri Renaud's All-Stars Modern Sounds : France(10", Album) Contemporary Records C 2502 US 1953 Sell This Version
C 2503 Shelly Manne And His Men* Shelly Manne And His Men(10", Mono) Contemporary Records C 2503 US 1953 Sell This Version
C 2504 Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy In Paris(10") Contemporary Records C 2504 US 1953 Sell This Version
C 2506 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars(10") Contemporary Records C 2506 US 1953 Sell This Version
C 2507 Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou Williams(10") Contemporary Records C 2507 US 1953 Sell This Version
C2508 Barney Kessel Barney Kessel(10", Album) Contemporary Records C2508 US 1954 Sell This Version
C 2510 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Volume 4 C 2510 US 1954 Sell This Version
C 2511 Shelly Manne Shelly Manne Vol. 2(10", Album) Contemporary Records C 2511 US 1954 Sell This Version
C 2512 Martial Solal Modern Sounds: France(10", Album) Contemporary Records C 2512 US 1954 Sell This Version
C-2513 Lennie Niehaus Vol.1 The Quintet(10", Album) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records C-2513 US 1954 Sell This Version
C-2514 Barney Kessel Barney Kessel Volume 2(10", Album) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records C-2514 US 1954 Sell This Version
C2515 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Vol. 5: In The Solo Spotlight (Album) C2515 US 1954 Sell This Version
C2516 Shelly Manne Shelly Manne Vol. 3: "The Three"(10", Album) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records C2516 US 1955 Sell This Version
C 2517 Lennie Niehaus Vol. 2: The Octet(10", Album) Contemporary Records C 2517 US 1954 Sell This Version