Transition Records was a jazz record company and label based in Cambridge, Massachusetts established by Tom Wilson in 1955.[1][2] A short lived label, Transition announced several albums which were left unreleased, including recordings by Jo Mapes, Yusef Lateef, Pepper Adams and Curtis Fuller, Charles Mingus, Jay Migliori, and Sheila Jordan.[3]

Transition Records
Founded1955 (1955)
FounderTom Wilson
Defunct1957 (1957)
GenreJazz, folk
Country of originU.S.
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts

The master for Here Comes Louis Smith (1958) by trumpeter Louis Smith was sold to Blue Note Records,[4] while an unissued Sun Ra recording made by Transition was later released in 1968 by Delmark Records as Sound of Joy.[5] A 1955 session featuring Pepper Adams and John Coltrane was recorded by Transition, but only one song was released on their compilation Jazz in Transition (1956). The recordings were later issued by Blue Note on High Step (1975).[5]

Discography edit

Catalog number Artist Title
TRLP 1 Herb Pomeroy Jazz in a Stable
TRLP 2 Johnny Windhurst Jazz at Columbus Ave.
TRLP 4 Donald Byrd Byrd's Eye View
TRLP 5 Donald Byrd Byrd Jazz
TRLP 10 Sun Ra Jazz by Sun Ra
TRLP 15 Russell Woollen Quartet for Flute and Strings
TRLP 17 Donald Byrd Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill
TRLP 19 Cecil Taylor Jazz Advance
TRLP 20 Doug Watkins Watkins at Large
TRLP 21 Lucky Thompson Lucky Strikes!
TRLP 23 Dartmouth Indian Chiefs Chiefly Jazz
TRLP 27 Fran Thorne Piano Reflections
TRLP 30 Various Artists Jazz in Transition
TRLP F-1 Sam Gary Sam Gary Sings
TRLP M-1 Lovey Powell and Brooks Morton Lovelady

References edit

  1. ^ Johnson, D. B. Before Rock, There Was Jazz: Tom Wilson and Transition Records, Indiana Public Media, October 19, 2009
  2. ^ Transition discography, accessed September 3, 2012
  3. ^ Gaunt, James (2022-05-02). "Transition Records — The Complete Discography". The Shadow Knows. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  4. ^ Ginell, Cary (2013). Walk Tall: The Music and Life of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. Milwaukee, Wisconscin: Hal Leonard. p. 33. ISBN 9781480343030.
  5. ^ a b Gaunt, James (2022-02-07). "Jazz In Transition". The Shadow Knows. Retrieved 2022-05-02.