Verve (aka “Verve Records”, US jazz)

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Annotation

Verve was founded in Los Angeles in 1953 by Norman Granz, as a jazz-pop counterpart to his other jazz labels (Norgran, Clef and Down Home) (*).
In 1956, short after the arrival of Ella Fitzgerald (whom Granz was managing and who was earlier contracted by Decca), Granz merged his three other labels into Verve as to simplify his business operations.
Focusing on quality jazz artists, Granz signed a lot of important musicians of the era (though more established artists than newcomers) before selling Verve to MGM in 1961 (for 3 millions dollars).

Then operated by Creed Taylor, Verve reoriented toward a more commercial approach, surfing the Bossa Nova wave with quite some success.
Taylor introduced the Verve Folkways subsidiary (then renamed into Verve Forecast) later on in 1967 (short before he left), then Verve declined rapidly during the early 70s (like most historical jazz labels), and ended-up in the PolyGram group (sold to Polydor in 1972), ironically incorporating Mercury (**) and EmArcy (***) catalogs (handed over by Philips).

Revived in the mid 80s, Verve began issuing again a few new releases, and started revisiting its (large) catalog, introducing the successful Verve by Request collection.

After the Polygram/Seagram merge in 1998, Verve was eventually merged with Universal's GRP to form the Verve Music Group, a large holding hosting all Universal jazz assets - though the imprint Verve is still in use nowadays.

Verve (both during the Granz and Taylor periods) was one of the most important jazz label of the bop era, and has a lot of historical records in its vault (including of course the Clef JATP tapes).

(*) A number of resources (following Wikipedia) wrongly report Verve as being created in 1956.
(**) Granz started his career with the small Clef label as a Mercury subsidiary (1946).
(***) not documented yet in ARs

Annotation last modified on 2007-11-03 13:33 .

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
April in Paris Charlie Parker CD 16
Castle Rock Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 12 MG V-8139
King of the Tenors Ben Webster 12" Vinyl 8 MG V-8020
Used to Be Duke Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra CD 11
Autumn in New York Tal Farlow Vinyl 8 2304 321
For Quiet Lovers Teddy Wilson 12" Vinyl 12 MGV 2029 [none]
New York Jazz Sonny Stitt Quartet CD 10 MG V-8219
Sophisticated Lady Ben Webster CD 10 2026
Duke's in Bed Johnny Hodges 12" Vinyl 9 2304 383
April in Paris Count Basie & His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 10 2304 408 [none]
Anita Anita O’Day 12" Vinyl 12 MGV-2000
Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings Bing Crosby, Buddy Bregman 12" Vinyl 12 MGV-2020 [none]
Let's Sing a Song of Christmas Spike Jones 12" Vinyl 21 MG V-2021 [none]
Can't We Be Friends? Jane Powell 12" Vinyl 12 MGV-2023 [none]
Pick Yoursef Up With Anita O'Day Anita O’Day 12" Vinyl 12 MGV-2043
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book Ella Fitzgerald 2×12" Vinyl 16 + 16 MG V-4001-2
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book Ella Fitzgerald 2×12" Vinyl 17 + 17 MGV-4002-2
Ella and Louis Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 12" Vinyl 11 MG V-4003
Ella And Louis Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong 12" Vinyl 11 MG V-4003 [none]
Blues in the Closet Bud Powell Trio 12" Vinyl 12 MGV 8218
New York Jazz The Sonny Stitt Quartet 12" Vinyl 10 MG V-8219
The Modern Jazz Sextet Dizzy Gillespie CD 5
Blossom Dearie Blossom Dearie Vinyl 14
Porgy & Bess Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 8 MGV 4011-2
Passion Flower The Fraternity Brothers with Gil Fields 7" Vinyl 2 V-10081x45 [none]
Ella and Louis Again Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 10 MGV 4006-2
Soulville The Ben Webster Quintet 12" Vinyl 10
Very Cool Lee Konitz 12" Vinyl 6 2304 344
The Golden Striker Oscar Peterson 7" Vinyl 4 EPV 5088
5 Steps to Dankworth John Dankworth 12" Vinyl 10 MGV-20006
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book Ella Fitzgerald 2×Vinyl 11 + 10 MGV 4008-2
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, Volume 2 Ella Fitzgerald 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 8 MGV-4009-2
Under the Stars (Special one sided pressing) Louis Armstrong 4×Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 MGV 4012
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Gershwin Song Book, Volume 1 Ella Fitzgerald 12" Vinyl 12 MGV-4013 [none]
Plays Cole Porter - The Genius of Charlie Parker #5 Charlie Parker 12" Vinyl 9 MGV-8007
The Genius of Charlie Parker, Volume 7: Jazz Perennial Charlie Parker Vinyl 11 MGV 8009
April in Paris Count Basie & His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 10 MG V-8012
Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday 12" Vinyl 12 MGV 8099
Presenting... The Art Tatum Trio Art Tatum Trio 12" Vinyl 10 MGV-8118
Mr. Clarinet The Buddy De Franco Quartet 12" Vinyl 8 MGV-8159 [none]
Body and Soul Billie Holiday 12" Vinyl 8 MG V-8197
Pres and Teddy The Lester Young-Teddy Wilson Quartet 12" Vinyl 6 MG V-8205
Very Cool Lee Konitz 12" Vinyl 6 MGV-8209
Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You Harry Edison 12" Vinyl 7 MGV-8211
Dizzy Gillespie And Stuff Smith Dizzy Gillespie & Stuff Smith 12" Vinyl 5 MGV-8214 [none]
Before Dawn Yusef Lateef 12" Vinyl 8 MGV-8217 [none]
Birks' Works Dizzy Gillespie 12" Vinyl 10 MGV 8222 [none]
At Newport The Teddy Wilson Trio & Gerry Mulligan Quartet 12" Vinyl 7 MG V-8235
Nothing but the Blues Herb Ellis 12" Vinyl 8 MG V-8252
Nothing but the Blues Herb Ellis 12" Vinyl 8 MG V-8252
Anita Sings the Most Anita O’Day 12" Vinyl 11 MGV-8259
Sonny Side Up Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Stitt & Sonny Rollins 12" Vinyl 4 MG V-8262 [none]
Soulville The Ben Webster Quintet 12" Vinyl 7 MG V-8274 [none]
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book, Volume 2 Ella Fitzgerald Vinyl 17 MGVS 6010
Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson 12" Vinyl 12
Now's the Time The Quartet of Charlie Parker (unknown) 13
Sonny Side Up Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt Vinyl 4 3672
Sonny Side Up Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt CD 4 521 426-2 731452142627
Give Him the Ooh-La-La Blossom Dearie 12" Vinyl 12 MGV-2081
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook Ella Fitzgerald 2×12" Vinyl 16 + 15 MG V-4019-2
The President Plays With the Oscar Peterson Trio Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio Vinyl 8 MG-V8144
Sittin' In Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Paul Gonsalves, Wynton Kelly, J.C. Heard, Wendell Marshall 12" Vinyl 4 MG V-8225 [none]
The Art Tatum/Buddy DeFranco Quartet The Art Tatum/Buddy DeFranco Quartet 12" Vinyl 8 MGV 8229 [none]
At Newport Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday 12" Vinyl 13 MG V-8234
Only the Blues Sonny Stitt 12" Vinyl 4 MG V-8250
At The Concertgebouw The Oscar Peterson Trio 12" Vinyl 8 MG V-8268
Anita O'Day Sings the Winners Anita O’Day 12" Vinyl 12 MGV-8283
This Is Tal Farlow Tal Farlow 12" Vinyl 8 MG V-8289
Stay With Me Billie Holiday 12" Vinyl 7 MGV 8302 [none]
Not So Dukish Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 8 MGV-8355
Generalissimo The Buddy DeFranco Men 12" Vinyl 6 MG V-8363
Tormé Mel Tormé Vinyl 12 MG VS-6015
Blues-A-Plenty Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra 12" Vinyl 9 MG VS-68358
The Oscar Peterson Trio At Newport The Oscar Peterson Trio with Roy Eldridge, Sonny Stitt & Jo Jones Vinyl 9 UMV-2618
Dizzy Gillespie Duets Dizzy Gillespie Vinyl 4
Ella Swings Lightly Ella Fitzgerald Vinyl 12
Oscar Peterson & Friends - Compact Jazz Oscar Peterson CD 11 042283531529
The Lonely One... Bud Powell Vinyl 10
Blue Saxophones Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster 12" Vinyl 9 2304 169
You and Lee Lee Konitz 12" Vinyl 8 23304 444
Good Pickin's Howard Roberts CD 10 B0005931-02 602498880241
Kid Ory Plays W.C Handy Kid Ory 12" Vinyl 7 MGV-1017 [none]
Inside Shelley Berman Shelley Berman 12" Vinyl 2 MG V-15003
Outside Shelley Berman Shelley Berman 12" Vinyl 4 MG V-15007
Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook Oscar Peterson 12" Vinyl 12 MG V-2052
Oscar Peterson Plays the Duke Ellington Song Book Oscar Peterson 12" Vinyl 12 MGV 2055
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Gershwin Song Book, Vol. 2 Ella Fitzgerald 12" Vinyl 12 MGV 4015
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Ella Fitzgerald 5×12" Vinyl 12 + 11 + 11 + 11 + 10 MG V-4024-8
Sings Sweet Songs for Swingers Ella Fitzgerald Vinyl 12 MGV 4032
Get Happy! Ella Fitzgerald Vinyl 14 MGV 4036
These Tunes Remind Me of You (mono) The Teddy Wilson Trio 12" Vinyl 12 MG V-8299
7 Pieces Jimmy Giuffre Vinyl 7 MG-V-8307
Cool Heat - Anita O'Day Sings Jimmy Giuffre Arrangements Anita O’Day 12" Vinyl 12 MG V 8312
Have Trumpet, Will Excite! Dizzy Gillespie 12" Vinyl 8 MGV 8313
Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster Ben Webster & Coleman Hawkins Vinyl 7 MG V-8327 [none]
All or Nothing at All Billie Holiday Vinyl 12 MG V-8329
Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster 12" Vinyl 6 MG V-8343 [none]
Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson Ben Webster 12" Vinyl 7 MG V-8349 [none]
The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson Vinyl 6 MG V-8351
The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson 12" Vinyl 5 MGV 8351