Candid is originally a jazz label from New York, with the first releases issued in early 1961. Among the artists recording for the label were Charles Mingus, Abbey Lincoln, or Phil Woods. It folded the same year and three decades later, was revived by Black Lion owner Alan Bates who renamed the label to Candid Records. Bates started to reissue all the classics and also started his successful, award-winning run as an independent label, signing Jamie Cullum and Stacey Kent. He recently passed away at 97.
On March 31st, five albums will be released on vinyl, CD, and digitally, all remastered. Those five albums are:
Joanne Brackeen – Snooze. The album was originally released in 1975 on the Choice label and features the pianist with Cecil McBee on bass and Billy Hart on drums.
Kenny Barron – Lemuria-Seascape. Originally released in 1991 and featuring Ray Drummond on bass and Ben Riley on drums.
Jamie Cullum – Pointless Nostalgic. The highly successful debut by the singer came out on Candid in 2002.
Shirley Scott – A Walkin’ Thing. The legendary organist released her final album in 2002. Featuring Terell Stafford on trumpet, Tim Warfield on tenor sax, Arthur Harper on bass, and Aaron Walker on drums.
Stacey Kent – The Boy Next Door. Stacey started her career at Candid in 1998 and released her sixth album for the label in 2003. With Jim Tomlinson on sax, David Newton on piano and keys, Colin Oxley on guitar, Dave Chamberlain on bass, and Matt Home on drums.
All of the albums have been remastered by Bernie Grundman, who has worked with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Prince, and countless others. The albums will be available on 180-gram vinyl.