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AMERICAN LABELS

COLUMBIA RECORDS
The pioneers of album cover design

CLEF, NORGRAN, VERVE (1)
David Stone Martin

CLEF, NORGRAN, VERVE (2)
The photographic covers

BLUE NOTE  10" LPs
Searching for a modern jazz identity

BLUE NOTE  1500 series
Defining the hard bop style

BLUE NOTE  4000 series
Masterpieces of Reid Miles

PRESTIGE RECORDS
Images of East Coast jazz

RIVERSIDE RECORDS
Street cred with Thelonious Monk

PACIFIC JAZZ
Moods of Chet and Claxton

CONTEMPORARY
Cool West Coast, great Sound

SAVOY RECORDS
Masterworks by Charlie Parker

DIAL RECORDS
Small label, big Bird sound

ATLANTIC RECORDS
Bold and striking albums

EMARCY RECORDS
The classic drummer logo label

BETHLEHEM RECORDS
The beautiful design of Burt Goldblatt

DEBUT RECORDS
Artist-operated jazz label with Mingus & Roach

CANDID RECORDS
Legendary, early 1960s LPs

ESP-DISK
Free jazz and silk screened covers

IMPULSE RECORDS
Edgy and experimental

RCA VICTOR
The high spirit of Jim Flora

VARIOUS US labels (1)
ABC-Paramount, Aladdin, Argo, Capitol, Coral, Dawn, Decca,
and more

VARIOUS US labels (2)
Epic, Fantasy, HiFi, Imperial, Jazzland, Jazz West, Jubilee, Mercury, Mode, and more

VARIOUS US labels (3)
Roost, Signal, Storyville, Tampa, Transition, United Artists, Vee Jay, and more



EUROPEAN LABELS

SWEDEN (1)
The EP era and Metronome Records in 1950s

SWEDEN (2)
The LPs in the 1950s, and Swedish jazz abroad

SWEDEN (3)
Changing times in the 1960s

SWEDEN (4)
New energy to Swedish jazz in the 1970s

DENMARK
Montmartre, Debut Records and the heydays in Danish jazz

NORWAY
Krog and Garbarek, greats in Norwegian jazz

FINLAND
Plenty of merged styles in Finnish jazz

FRANCE
Americans in Paris, force in French jazz

ENGLAND
Esquire and Tempo, classic labels in British jazz

GERMANY
Jazz labels with strong identity

ITALY
Rare Italian jazz covers

HOLLAND
From Diamonds to ICP in
Dutch jazz

POLAND
Unique series of Polish jazz on Muza


OTHER COUNTRIES
Jazz labels around the world







         

EmArcy Records

The classic
drummer logo label

EMARCY was a subsidiary label of Mercury Records, and started when producer Bobby Shad came to the company in 1954. The name EmArcy is created from a phonetic spelling of MRC (Mercury Record Company).

EmArcy also created a logo which became a classic, the cool "drummer logo". The label was soon established as an important jazz label and Bobby Shad signed musicians like Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley and Sarah Vaughan.


Cover photography by Herman Leonard

Unfortunately EmArcy generally did not give credit for the designers or photographers who created the album covers. But the photographer Herman Leonard was regulary hired and his photos are on many of the covers. It has been confirmed by himself.

In mid 1950s EmArcy issued around 50 LPs in the 10" format. It continued with about 200 LPs in the 12" format in the 1950s and some few in the beginning of the 60s. The label became dormant in 1962, when Mercury was bought by Philips. It was revived in the 1980s.




See also

The Mercury covers itself are found at
Various US labels  (2)

More Herman Leonard covers,
especially at
Clef-Norgran-Verve



LINKS

Mercury Records Discography
jazzdiscorg.com


Mercury Records Collection
Matsubayashi Kohji


 Clifford Brown: Sweet Clifford   Label: EmArcy EP-1-6112   7" EP 1955

EmArcy Records

 Sarah Vaughan: Images   Label: EmArcy 26005   10" LP 1954   Design: Fred Steffen
 
 

 Ben Webster: The Big Tenor   Label: EmArcy 26006   10" LP 1954
 
 

 Holiday in Sax   Label: EmArcy 26026   10" LP 1954   Design: Burt Goldblatt
 
 

 Charlie Ventura: f.y.i. Ventura   Label: EmArcy 26029   10" LP 1954
 Design and illustration: Burt Goldblatt
 
 

 Clifford Brown and Max Roach   Label: EmArcy 26043   10" LP 1954
 
 

 Herb Geller Plays   Label: EmArcy 26045   10" LP 1954
 
 

 John Williams   Label: EmArcy 26047   10" LP 1954
 
 

 Clifford Brown and Max Roach: Study In Brown   Label: EmArcy 36037   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Clifford Brown: Jam Session   Label: EmArcy 36002   12" LP 1954
 
 

 Paul Quinichette: Moods   Label: EmArcy 36003   12" LP 1954
 
 

 Sarah Vaughan   Label: EmArcy 36004   12" LP 1954   Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Clifford Brown with Strings   Label: EmArcy 36005   12" LP 1954
 
 

 Helen Merrill   Label: EmArcy 36006   12" LP 1954
 
 

 Clark Terry   Label: EmArcy 36007   12" LP 1954   Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Clifford Brown and Max Roach Incorporated   Label: EmArcy 36008   12" LP 1954
 Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Bud Freeman All Stars: Midnight at Condon´s   Label: EmArcy 36013   12" LP 1955
 
 

 Herb and Lorraine Geller   Label: EmArcy 36024   12" LP 1955
 
 

 Paul Quinichette: The Vice-Pres   Label: EmArcy 36027   12" LP 1955
 Enlarged reissue of 10" LP from 1954
 

 Clifford Brown a.o.: Best Coast Jazz   Label: EmArcy 36039   12" LP 1955
 
 

 The Herb Geller Sextette   Label: EmArcy 36040   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Eddie Heywood   Label: EmArcy 36042   12" LP 1955
 
 

 Cannonball Adderley   Label: EmArcy 36043   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Maynard Ferguson: Dimensions   Label: EmArcy 36044   12" LP 1955
 
 

 Presenting Gerry Mulligan Sextet   Label: EmArcy 36056   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Helen Merrill with Strings   Label: EmArcy 36057   12" LP 1955
 Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 John Williams Trio   Label: EmArcy 36061   12" LP 1956
 Photo: Herman Leonard 
 
 

 Cannonball Adderley and Strings   Label: EmArcy 36063   12" LP 1956
 Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Terry Gibbs: Vibes on Velvet   Label: EmArcy 36064   12" LP 1956
 
 

 Introducing Jimmy Cleveland   Label: EmArcy 36066   12" LP 1956
 Photo: Herman Leonard
 
 

 Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street   Label: EmArcy 36070   12" LP 1956
 
 

 Patti Page in the Land of Hi-Fi   Label: EmArcy 36074   12" LP 1956
 
 

 Max Roach plus Four   Label: EmArcy 36099   12" LP 1957
 
 

 Gerry Mulligan: Mainstream of Jazz   Label: EmArcy 36101   12" LP 1956
 
 

 Terry Gibbs: Swinging   Label: EmArcy 36103   12" LP 1956
 Photo: Herman Leonard 
 
 

 Helen Merrill: Merrill at Midnight   Label: EmArcy 36107   12" LP 1957
 
 

 Max Roach: Jazz in 3/4 Time   Label: EmArcy 36108   12" LP 1957
 Photo: Garrett & Howard
 
 

 Cannonball Adderley: Sophisticated Swing   Label: EmArcy 36110   12" LP 1957
 
 

 Jimmy Raney - George Wallington: Swingin' in Sweden   Label: EmArcy 36121   12" LP 1958
 
 

 
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