Contemporary Records

Contemporary Records

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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.
Sublabels
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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 Firebirds  album cover 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 The West Coast Jazz Box  album cover Various The West Coast Jazz Box(4xCD, Comp + Box) Contemporary Records 4CCD-4425-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
4CCD-4441-2 The Contemporary Records Story  album cover Various The Contemporary Records Story(4xCD, Comp, Box) Contemporary Records, Fantasy 4CCD-4441-2 Unknown Sell This Version
5C 14013 Easy Living  album cover 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 Circle  album cover George Cables Circle(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14015 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14017 In A Mellotone  album cover 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-14020 Back To The City  album cover The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet* Featuring Curtis Fuller The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet* Featuring Curtis Fuller - Back To The City(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14020 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C 14021 Lament  album cover 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 14029 Something To Live For - The Music Of Billy Strayhorn  album cover Art Farmer Something To Live For - The Music Of Billy Strayhorn(Cass, Album, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C 14029 US 1987 Sell This Version
5C-14037 Sun Dance  album cover 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 New Again  album cover Chris Connor New Again(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14038 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14039 Major Changes  album cover 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 Blame It On My Youth  album cover The Art Farmer Quintet* Blame It On My Youth(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14042 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C 14047 Holiday For Swing  album cover Buddy DeFranco / Terry Gibbs Quintet Holiday For Swing(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C 14047 US 1988 Sell This Version
5C-14051 Jazz Invention (40th Anniversary Reunion Concert)  album cover Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Jazz Invention (40th Anniversary Reunion Concert)(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14051 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C-14053 After Hours  album cover John Campbell (18) After Hours(Cass, Album) Contemporary Records 5C-14053 US Unknown Sell This Version
5C-14054 Sail Away  album cover Tom Harrell Sail Away(Cass, Dol) Contemporary Records 5C-14054 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C-14055 Ph.D.  album cover Art Farmer Ph.D.(Cass) Contemporary Records 5C-14055 US 1989 Sell This Version
5C-14056 Air Mail Special  album cover 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 The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions  album cover 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 Saints (Go Surfin' In) / Red River Valley  album cover 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
3584 "The Three" & "The Two"  album cover Shelly Manne "The Three" & "The Two"(LP, Comp, Mono, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 3584 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
7532 Meets The Rhythm Section  album cover Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 7532 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7642 Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard  album cover Art Pepper Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard (Album) 7642 US 1979 Sell This Version
7643 Friday Night At The Village Vanguard  album cover Art Pepper Friday Night At The Village Vanguard (Album) 7643 US 1980 Sell This Version
7644 Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard  album cover Art Pepper Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard (Album) 7644 US 1979 Sell This Version
9004 Flamenco Fenómeno  album cover Pepe Romero Flamenco Fenómeno(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 9004 US 1960 Sell This Version
14001 Cables' Vision  album cover George Cables Cables' Vision (Album) 14001 US 1980 Sell This Version
14002 Sonic Text  album cover Joe Farrell Sonic Text (Album) 14002 US 1981 Sell This Version
14003 Avant Garson  album cover Mike Garson Avant Garson(LP) Contemporary Records 14003 US 1980 Sell This Version
14004 Lunch In L.A.  album cover Tete Montoliu Lunch In L.A.(LP) Contemporary Records 14004 US 1980 Sell This Version
14005 Peaceful Heart, Gentle Spirit  album cover Chico Freeman Peaceful Heart, Gentle Spirit (Album) 14005 US 1980 Sell This Version
14006 Relaxin' At Camarillo  album cover Joe Henderson Relaxin' At Camarillo(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 14006 US 1981 Sell This Version
14007 Rain Forest  album cover Jay Hoggard Rain Forest(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 14007 US 1981 Sell This Version
14008 Destiny's Dance  album cover Chico Freeman Destiny's Dance(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 14008 US 1982 Sell This Version
14010 Peter Erskine  album cover Peter Erskine Peter Erskine (Album) 14010 US 1982 Sell This Version
14088 After Hours  album cover Eric Allison After Hours(CD, Album) Contemporary Records 14088 USA & Canada 1997 Sell This Version
27 486 LM Something Else!!!!  album cover Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!!(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 27 486 LM Spain 1990 Sell This Version
45-371 When Johnny Comes Marching Home / Spanish Scenery  album cover The Barney Kessel Quartet When Johnny Comes Marching Home / Spanish Scenery(7", Mon) Contemporary Records 45-371 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-373 Shadrach / They Say It's Spring    album cover 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 Night Cry  album cover Barney Kessel Night Cry(7") Contemporary Records 45-374 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-380 Poinciana / Stormy Weather  album cover Shelly Manne & Jack Marshall Shelly Manne & Jack Marshall - Poinciana / Stormy Weather(7") Contemporary Records 45-380 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-383 From "Jumbo" My Romance / From "Gypsy" Everything's Coming Up Roses   album cover 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 This Can't Be Love / I Hadn't Anyone Till You  album cover 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 Smack Up  album cover Art Pepper Quintet Smack Up(7", Single) Contemporary Records 45-385 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-386 Exodus / Zamar Nodad  album cover Shelly Manne Exodus / Zamar Nodad(7", Single, Promo) Contemporary Records 45-386 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-387 Tzena, Tzena / Hava Nagila  album cover Shelly Manne Tzena, Tzena / Hava Nagila(7", Single, Promo) Contemporary Records 45-387 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-388 Manteca / Juicy Lucy  album cover Phineas Newborn Jr. Manteca / Juicy Lucy(7") Contemporary Records 45-388 US 1962 Sell This Version
68600 Sonny Rollins Way Out West(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68600 France 1957 Sell This Version
68602 West Side Story  album cover André Previn And His Pals* West Side Story(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68602 France Unknown Sell This Version
68603 Sonny Rollins And The Contemporary Leaders  album cover Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins And The Contemporary Leaders(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 68603 France Unknown Sell This Version
68.606 Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard  album cover Art Pepper Thursday Night At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68.606 France 1985 Sell This Version
68.607 Friday Night At The Village Vanguard  album cover Art Pepper Friday Night At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68.607 France Unknown Sell This Version
68.608 Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard  album cover Art Pepper Saturday Night At The Village Vanguard(LP, Album) Contemporary Records 68.608 France Unknown Sell This Version
68610 At Last!  album cover 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's New York Scene  album cover Benny Golson Benny Golson's New York Scene(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 68618 France 1984 Sell This Version
68626 At The Renaissance  album cover Ben Webster At The Renaissance(LP, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 68626 France 1985 Sell This Version
98.600 Way Out West  album cover Sonny Rollins Way Out West(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 98.600 France Unknown Sell This Version
98.610 At Last!  album cover 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 Kessel Plays Standards  album cover Barney Kessel Kessel Plays Standards(CD, Album, RM) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records 98.628 France 1985 Sell This Version
98.630 Favorites !  album cover Kid Ory Favorites !(CD, RM) Contemporary Records, Good Time Jazz 98.630 France 1986 Sell This Version
98.633 Intensity  album cover Art Pepper Intensity(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 98.633 France Unknown Sell This Version
98.634 The Trip  album cover Art Pepper The Trip(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 98.634 France Unknown Sell This Version
98.635 Smack Up  album cover Art Pepper Quintet Smack Up(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 98.635 France Unknown Sell This Version
98.636 Meets The Rhythm Section  album cover Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 98.636 France 1987 Sell This Version
98.642 Something To Live For - The Music Of Billy Strayhorn  album cover Art Farmer Something To Live For - The Music Of Billy Strayhorn(CD, Album) Contemporary Records, Carrere Distribution 98.642 France 1987 Sell This Version
98643 16 Dixieland Favorites  album cover Firehouse Five Plus Two 16 Dixieland Favorites(CD, Album, RE, RM) Good Time Jazz, Contemporary Records 98643 France 1986 Sell This Version
98.645 Major Changes  album cover Frank Morgan and the McCoy Tyner Trio Frank Morgan and the McCoy Tyner Trio - Major Changes(CD, Album) Contemporary Records, Carrere 98.645 France 1988 Sell This Version
98.646 Art Pepper With Warne Marsh  album cover 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
98.647 No Limit  album cover Art Pepper No Limit(CD, RE, RM) Contemporary Records, Original Jazz Classics 98.647 France 1987 Sell This Version
99997 Modern Jazz Performances From Bizet's Opera Carmen  album cover Barney Kessel Modern Jazz Performances From Bizet's Opera Carmen(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records, Carrere 99997 France 1990 Sell This Version
408023 Living Legend  album cover Art Pepper Living Legend(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Contemporary Records 408023 US 2015 Sell This Version
4514007 Reverend Libra / Jammin' In The Sunshine   album cover Jay Hoggard Reverend Libra / Jammin' In The Sunshine (7", Promo) Contemporary Records 4514007 1981 Sell This Version
6635 001 Firehouse Five+Two Story  album cover Firehouse Five Plus Two Firehouse Five+Two Story(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Good Time Jazz 6635 001 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
9031-74224-2 Something Else!!!!  album cover 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 Smack Up  album cover Art Pepper Quintet Smack Up(LP, Album, Mono) Contemporary Records, Contemporary Records, OJC 68/671/68.613 France 1984 Sell This Version
00025218142922 Something To Live For (The Music Of Billy Strayhorn)  album cover Art Farmer Something To Live For (The Music Of Billy Strayhorn)(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 00025218142922 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
025218148122 Images  album cover Dennis Marks Images(CD, RE) Contemporary Records 025218148122 US Unknown Sell This Version
00025218171120 Claire Austin Sings "When Your Lover Has Gone"  album cover 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 At The Manne Hole  album cover 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 Awakening!!  album cover Jimmy Woods Awakening!!(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218185929 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218187824 Duane Tatro's Jazz For Moderns  album cover 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 Lookin' Good!  album cover Joe Gordon Lookin' Good!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218193429 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218616324 Something Else!!!!  album cover Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218616324 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
00025218616621 Portrait Of Art Farmer  album cover 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, Vol. 1  album cover Hampton Hawes Trio Hampton Hawes Trio, Vol. 1(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218631624 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
00025218633628 Modern Jazz Performances Of Songs From My Fair Lady  album cover 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 Way Out West  album cover Sonny Rollins Way Out West (Album) 0025218633727 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
0025218633826 Meets The Rhythm Section  album cover Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 0025218633826 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
0025218634120 Art Pepper + Eleven (Modern Jazz Classics)  album cover Art Pepper Art Pepper + Eleven (Modern Jazz Classics)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 0025218634120 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
00025218634229 Tomorrow Is The Question!  album cover Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is The Question!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218634229 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
00025218639026 At The Renaissance  album cover Ben Webster At The Renaissance(CD, Album, RE) Contemporary Records 00025218639026 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00025218640923 Straight Ahead  album cover The Poll Winners Straight Ahead(CD, Album, RE, RM) Contemporary Records 00025218640923 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
00025218648028 At Last!  album cover 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  album cover Peter Erskine Peter Erskine(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218661027 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00025218677622 Relaxin' At Camarillo  album cover Joe Henderson Relaxin' At Camarillo(CDr, Album, RE, RM, RP) Contemporary Records, Original Jazz Classics 00025218677622 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
00025218677721 Sonic Text  album cover Joe Farrell Sonic Text(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Sup) Original Jazz Classics, Contemporary Records 00025218677721 Europe 2009 Sell This Version