ACT is a German record label founded in 1992 by Siegfried Loch. It is a division of ACT Music + Vision founded by Loch and Annette Humpe in 1988. ACT started as a pop music label but folded soon after it started. Loch turned it into a jazz label, at first reissuing music he had recorded for Liberty, Philips, and WEA before turning to new recordings.[1]

Parent companyACT Music + Vision
Founded1992 (1992)
FounderSiegried Loch
Distributor(s)Allegro Distribution
GenreJazz, blues
Country of originGermany

ACT's first release was the album Jazzpaña by Vince Mendoza and Arif Mardin and featured Michael Brecker, Al Di Meola, and Steve Khan. It earned two Grammy nominations. ACT was voted Label of the Year in the German Echo Jazz online poll four times in a row from 2010 to 2013.[2]

Roster Edit

ACT artists include Marius Neset, Bugge Wesseltoft, Lars Danielsson, Viktoria Tolstoy, Vijay Iyer, Leszek Mozdzer, Iiro Rantala, Nils Landgren and Esbjörn Svensson Trio.[3]

Also: Esbjörn Svensson, Rigmor Gustafsson, and Ulf Wakenius. Artists contracted from other countries are the Norwegian saxophonists Geir Lysne, Tore Brunborg, Frøy Aagre, violinist Henning Kraggerud, the band In The Country, the Danish vocalist Cæcilie Norby, the Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine, the Austrian pianist David Helbock, the French drummer Manu Katché. German musicians on the label include Christian Muthspiel, Joachim Kühn, Christof Lauer, Wolfgang Haffner, and Michael Wollny (winner of the ECHO Jazz award in 2010 for best instrumentalist, piano/keyboards).[4]

ACT has recorded Nguyên Lê and Youn Sun Nah (winner of the Echo Jazz award in 2011 for best singer internationally), Jasper van't Hof, Simon Nabatov, and Paolo Fresu.[5]

Discography Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 11. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ "ACT Story - About ACT - ACT Music". ACT Music. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  3. ^ Fordham, John (2012-01-12). "ACT Records: 'It doesn't happen like this in the corporate world'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  4. ^ "Jazz Live: Michael Wollny/Tamar Halperin" (in German). Die Zeit. 2014-09-23. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  5. ^ "Ritter Loch vom Orden des Jazz" (in German). Die Zeit. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2015-04-11.

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