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Horizon Records was an American independent record label founded in 1960 by Dave Hubert.

Horizon Records
Founded1960 (1960)
FounderDave Hubert
Defunct1980 (1980)
Distributor(s)Verve Records
GenreJazz, folk
Country of originU.S.

Horizon was originally a folk and blues label distributed by World Pacific Records. When Vee-Jay Records acquired World Pacific in 1963, it also took over the distribution of Horizon. From 1974–1978 the label became a subsidiary imprint of A&M Records for issuing jazz. and pop, During this period, the label was known for producing albums with high-quality audio and packaging.[1][2] The catalogue includes albums by Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Paul Desmond, Charlie Haden, and Jim Hall. John Snyder, the founder of the label, left in 1977 and started Artists House.[3][4]

In 1979 Horizon struck gold with debut albums by Brenda Russell and the Yellow Magic Orchestra. By 1980, the label disappeared. In 1984, A&M went into a deal with Word Distribution, giving more powerful distribution for Word's labels, such as Myrrh Records, Word Records, and Exit Records. Horizon was reactivated with its 1979 artwork intact as a Christian label, with the Imperials, while Myrrh artist Amy Grant signed to A&M. By 1987, Horizon had disappeared a second time. Horizon's jazz catalogue is now managed by Verve Records.

A different label for Christian and gospel music was launched in 1992 with releases by the Kingsmen Quartet and the McKameys by Crossroads Music.[5]


Horizon A&M Artist Album
1 701 Jones, Thad & Mel Lewis Suite for Pops
2 702 Liebman, Dave Sweet Hands
3 703 Brubeck, Dave & Paul Desmond 1975: The Duets
4 704 Fortune, Sonny Awakening
5 705 Hall, Jim Jim Hall Live!
6 706 Sullivan, Ira Ira Sullivan
7 707 Jones, Thad & Mel Lewis New Life
8 708 Revolutionary Ensemble The People's Republic
9 709 Liebman, David & Richie Beirach Forgotten Fantasies
10 850 Desmond, Paul Live
11 710 Haden, Charlie Closeness
12 711 Fortune, Sonny Waves of Dreams
13 712 Owens, Jimmy Jimmy Owens
14 713 Karma Celebration
15 714 Brubeck, Dave 25th Anniversary Reunion
16 715 Hall, Jim Commitment
17 716 Lewis, Mel And Friends
18 717 Cherry, Don Brown Rice
19 719 Niewood, Gerry And Timepiece
20 721 Liebman, David Light'n Up, Please!
21 722 Coleman, Ornette Dancing in Your Head
22 723 Karma For Everybody
23 724 Jones, Thad & Mel Lewis Live in Munich
24 725 Hart, Billy Enchance
25 726 Baker, Chet You Can't Go Home Again
26 727 Haden, Charlie The Golden Number
728 Alpert, Herb & Hugh Masekela Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela
729 Owens, Jimmy Headin' Home
730 Mark-Almond Other Peoples Rooms
731 Grisman, David Hot Dawg
732 Doctor John City Lights
733 Larsen, Neil Jungle Fever
734 Seawind Light the Light
735 Evans, Richard Richard Evans
736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra
737 Michaels, Gordon Stargazer
738 Larsen, Neil High Gear
739 Russell, Brenda Brenda Russell
740 Doctor John Tango Palace
741 Sidran, Ben The Cat and the Hat

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  1. ^ Barry Kernfeld. "Horizon". In Deane L. Root (ed.). Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Horizon Records On A&M". Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 277. ISBN 1561592846.
  4. ^ Yanow, Scott (1998). "Labels". In Erlewine, Michael; Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Yanow, Scott (eds.). All Music Guide to Jazz (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. p. 1333. ISBN 0-87930-530-4.
  5. ^ "Labels | Crossroads Music Online". Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2013-07-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)