Candid Records

Candid Records was a jazz record label first established in New York City.

Candid Records
Parent companyCadence Records
Founded1960 (1960)
FounderArchie Bleyer
GenreJazz, Blues
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York

Early Candid RecordsEdit

The CANDID jazz label was founded in New York City in 1960 as a subsidiary of Cadence Records, owned by Archie Bleyer. The jazz writer and civil rights activist Nat Hentoff[1][2] was the label's (A&R) director and, consequently, he attempted to create a catalog that represented the prevalent jazz music of the day. Hentoff also worked with the graphic designer and photographer Frank Gauna to create Candid's distinctive album covers.[3]

Candid's catalog included Don Ellis, Abbey Lincoln, Booker Little, Charles Mingus, and Cecil Taylor. Later, the label was acquired by pop singer Andy Williams,[4] who either reissued the catalog on his own Barnaby label or licensed them to foreign record companies into the 1970s and late 1980s.[5]

The Cadence-era DiscographyEdit

The 34 Cadence-era LPsEdit

Mono Catalog Stereo Catalog Leader Album [6] Year
CJM-8001 CJS-9001 Otis Spann Otis Spann Is the Blues 1961
CJM-8002 CJS-9002 Max Roach We Insist! 1961
CJM-8003 CJS-9003 Richard Williams New Horn in Town 1961
CJM-8004 CJS-9004 Don Ellis How Time Passes 1961
CJM-8005 CJS-9005 Charlie Mingus Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus 1961
CJM-8006 CJS-9006 Cecil Taylor The World of Cecil Taylor 1961
CJM-8007 CJS-9007 Steve Lacy The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy 1961
CJM-8008 CJS-9008 Nancy Harrow Wild Women Don't Have the Blues 1961
CJM-8009 CJS-9009 Clark Terry Color Changes 1961
CJM-8010 CJS-9010 Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' in New York 1961
CJM-8011 CJS-9011 Benny Bailey Big Brass 1961
CJM-8012 CJS-9012 Toshiko Mariano The Toshiko Mariano Quartet 1961
CJM-8013 CJS-9013 Cecil Taylor Jumpin' Punkins 1961
CJM-8014 CJS-9014 Booker Ervin That's It! 1961
CJM-8015 CJS-9015 Abbey Lincoln Straight Ahead 1961
CJM-8016 CJS-9016 Phil Woods Rights of Swing 1961
CJM-8017 CJS-9017 Cecil Taylor & Buell Neidlinger New York City R&B 1961
CJM-8018 CJS-9018 Jaki Byard Blues for Smoke 1961
CJM-8019 CJS-9019 Various Artists
(Charlie Mingus, Max Roach, Booker Little, Cal Massey, Kenny Dorham and others)
Jazz Life 1961
CJM-8020 CJS-9020 Pee Wee Russell and Coleman Hawkins Jazz Reunion 1961
CJM-8021 CJS-9021 Charlie Mingus Mingus 1961
CJM-8022 CJS-9022 Jazz Artists Guild Newport Rebels 1961
CJM-8023 CJS-9023 Memphis Slim Tribute to Broonzy, Carr, Davenport 1961
CJM-8024 CJS-9024 Memphis Slim Memphis Slim, U.S.A. 1962
CJM-8025 CJS-9025 Mack McCormick Treasury Of Field Recordings Vol. 1 1962
CJM-8026 CJS-9026 Charlie Mingus Reincarnation of a Lovebird 1963
CJM-8027 CJS-9027 Booker Little Out Front 1963
CJM-8028 CJS-9028 Ray Crawford Smooth Groove 1963
CJM-8029 CJS-9029 Cal Massey Blues to Coltrane 1963
CJM-8030 CJS-9030 Chamber Jazz Sextet Plays Pal Joey 1963
CJM-8031 CJS-9031 Marty Paich The Picasso of Big Band Jazz 1963
CJM-8032 CJS-9032 Don Ellis Out of Nowhere 1963
CJM-8033 CJS-9033 Eric Dolphy Candid Dolphy 1963
CJM-8034 CJS-9034 Cecil Taylor Cell Walk for Celeste 1963

In 1964, due to its financial difficulties, Archie Bleyer opted to shut down Cadence Records, parent company of Candid Records[7] and sold the complete Cadence catalog (inclusive of the Candid Records recordings) to the singer, Andy Williams, owner of Barnaby Records.[8][9]

Post-Cadence Italian/German/British Candid RecordsEdit

Catalog Leader Album [10]
(Eu) CS-9035 Lucky Thompson Lord, Lord, Am I Ever Gonna Know?
(Eu) CS-9036 Ricky Ford Manhattan Blues
(Eu) CS-9037 Art Hodes Pagin' Mr. Jelly
(Eu) CS-9038
(Eu) CS-9039
(Eu) CS-9040 Erica Lindsay Dreamer
(Eu) CS-9041 David Newman Blue Head
(Eu) CS-9042 Charlie Mingus Mysterious Blues
(Eu) CS-9043
(Eu) CS-9044 Kenny Barron & John Hicks Rhythm-a-Ning
(Eu) CS-9045 Louis Hayes The Crawl
(Eu) CS-9046 Cecil Taylor Air

Candid Records UKEdit

In 1989, the Candid recordings were bought by Black Lion Records,[11] which reissued the vintage material on CDs and produced new recordings succeedingly. The new Candid Records (UK) catalogue expanded to include Greg Abate, Kenny Barron, Luis Bonilla, Art Hodes, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Shorty Rogers and Bud Shank, Mongo Santamaría, Shirley Scott and a host of new jazz talent.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Nat Hentoff: on his life as a jazz critic, and memories of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme | Jerry Jazz Musician
  2. ^ Hentoff, Nat (1961). "THE NEGRO IN AMERICAN CULTURE". CrossCurrents, Summer 1961. University of North Carolina Press. 11 (3): 205–224. JSTOR 24456864.
  3. ^ "The Birka Jazz Archive: Candid Records". Archived from the original on 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  4. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (12 September 1964). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 8–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 379. ISBN 1561592846.
  6. ^ "The Candid Label Album Discography". August 28, 2003.
  7. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (12 September 1964). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 8–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (7 November 1964). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 6–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  9. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (19 September 1964). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 1–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  10. ^ "Candid Records Catalog: 8000/9000 series". 2021.