Arabesque Records

Arabesque Records is an American record company and label specializing in jazz and classical music.

Arabesque Records
Founded1987 (1987)
FounderWard Botsford, Marvin Reiss
GenreJazz, classical
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City

It was founded by Caedmon Audio as a classical music label. In 1988 it was bought by Ward Botsford and Marvin Reiss, becoming an independent label, and in 1992 added jazz to its production, with early releases by Craig Handy and Carmen Lundy. Its catalogue grew to include Jane Ira Bloom, Thomas Chapin, Dave Douglas, Art Farmer, Billy Hart, Myra Melford, and Charles McPherson, and Horace Tapscott.[1]



Catalogue No: AJO Artist Album
101 Craig Handy Split Second Timing
102 Carmen Lundy Moment to Moment
103 8 Bold Souls Sideshow
104 Leandro Braga E Por Que Nao? (And Why Not?)
105 Billy Hart Amethyst
106 Ray Drummond Excursion
107 Jane Ira Bloom Art and Aviation
108 String Trio of New York Intermobility
109 Craig Handy Introducing Three for All + One
110 Thomas Chapin I've Got Your Number
111 Ray Drummond Continuum
112 Art Farmer & Tom Harrell The Company I Keep
113 Charles McPherson First Flight Out
114 8 Bold Souls Ant Farm
115 Thomas Chapin You Don't Know Me
116 Barry Finnerty Straight Ahead
117 Charles McPherson Come Play with Me
118 Art Farmer The Meaning of Art
119 Horace Tapscott Aiee! The Phantom
120 Jane Ira Bloom The Nearness
121 Charles Sullivan Kamau
122 Ray Drummond Vignettes
123 Bert Wilson Endless Fingers
124 Frank Foster Leo Rising
125 Marc Cary Listen
126 Dave Douglas Tiny Bell Trio: Live in Europe
127 Marlon Jordan Marlon's Mode
128 Horace Tapscott Thoughts of Dar es Salaam
129 Billy Hart Oceans of Time
130 Art Farmer Silk Road
131 Ben Monder Dust
132 Dave Douglas Stargazer
133 Lost Tribe Many Lifetimes
134 Charles McPherson Manhattan Nocturne
135 Jack Wilkins Trio Art
136 Adrienne Wilson She's Dangerous
137 Justin Robinson The Challenge
138 Patrick Zimmerli Twelve Sacred Dances
139 Dave Douglas Magic Triangle
140 Marc Cary The Antidote
141 Ray Drummond 1-2-3-4
142 Myra Melford Above Blue
143 Norman Hedman One Step Closer
144 Jane Ira Bloom The Red Quartets
145 Dave Douglas Leap of Faith
146 Ted Nash Rhyme & Reason
147 Myra Melford Dance Beyond the Color
148 Ben Monder Excavation
149 Bobby Sanabria Live & In Clave!![2]
151 Donny McCaslin Seen from Above
152 Scott Colley The Magic Line
153 Tony Malaby Sabino
154 Myra Melford & Marty Ehrlich Yet Can Spring
155 Jane Ira Bloom Sometimes the Magic
156 Ted Nash Sidewalk Meeting
157 Hilton Ruiz Enchantment
158 Jane Ira Bloom Chasing Paint
159 Myra Melford Where the Two Worlds Touch
160 Donny McCaslin The Way Through
164 John O'Gallagher Abacus
166 Rez Abbasi Snake Charmer
180 Steve Wiest Big Band Excalibur
189 Steve Wiest Out of the New

Classical (early issues)Edit

  • Schubert and Schnabel – An Historical Recording, Volume IV., Therese Behr (1987)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams - Sir Yehudi Menuhin Conducting the English Chamber Orchestra (1988)
  • The Complete Chopin Piano WorksGarrick Ohlsson, piano (1989)
  • Music of AlkanRonald Smith, piano (1985)
  • The Complete Piano Variations of Johannes BrahmsIan Hobson, piano (1994)
  • George Gershwin: An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F – London Symphony Orchestra, Mitch Miller, conductor, David Golub, piano (1992)
  • Mozart: Complete Works for Four HandsArtur Balsam & Gena Raps, piano (1995)
  • Richard Strauss: Sinfonia Domestica; 4 Orchestral SongsWilhelm Furtwängler, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1989)
  • Benjamin Britten: Illuminations; Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Simple Symphony - English Chamber Orchestra; Elisabeth Söderström, Soprano; Gilbert Levine, Conductor (1989)
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch: Symphony No. 1; Piano Concerto; Age of Gold Suite - Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra; Garrick Ohlsson, Piano; Gilbert Levine, Conductor (1989)

Classical (later issues)Edit

See alsoEdit

List of Record Labels


  1. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 62. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ "Faculty Experts” Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, The New School. Retrieved 2012-08-25.

Further readingEdit

  • S. Gribetz, "Label Watch: Arabesque's Dual Personality". Jazz Times vol. 22, no. 9 (1992), p. 24.

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