Founded in 2008, Edition Records is a British Independent Jazz Record Label with a European sensibility and global presence, bridging a gap between strategy and creativity.
New Music. New Thinking.
“Daring and catholic, the fast growing UK independent label Edition is becoming a match for its near namesake, Munich’s Edition of Contemporary Music (or ECM).” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“ECM isn’t the only great jazz label. The end of 2016 is a good time to take up the cudgels on behalf of Edition Records.” MANAFONISTAS (GERMANY)
“…the British company Edition records…A company led by Dave Stapleton has evolved to be one of the major record companies for Scandinavian jazz.” JAZZNYT (DENMARK)
“The British label Edition Records is a hub for the new vibrant jazz scene in the UK…” POLITIKEN NEWSPAPER (DK)
“It was an incredible Edition year. Our list of favourite records shows that…” WRITTEN IN MUSIC (NL)
‘Edition Records might be a small but growing operation, but there was a time 40 years ago when ECM Records was at much the same stage in Munich, and Edition reveals similar sixth sense for emerging innovators’. GUARDIAN
‘Edition Records has developed into one of the most vital record labels in jazz music’. YORK POST
‘One of the more artistically credible independent labels to emerge in Europe in some time’. IRISH TIMES
Edition was created in 2008. The label is driven by an uncompromising love of music and with a sharply focused aim: to produce the highest quality music by the most creative musicians it can find, presented in a form which reflects that creativity and quality. With those principles resolutely held at its core it has now grown from a British label with a European sensibility to one that has a Global presence.
Having a musician, pianist Dave Stapleton, at the helm was key to the development of Edition, and Stapleton’s connections and collaborations with other musicians have expanded the label’s roster in a natural and thoroughly coherent way, transcending borders and generations.
The Anglo-Scandinavian trio Phronesis broadened the label’s reach and its series of acclaimed recordings (Alive, Walking Dark, Life To Everything, Parallax) pulse regularly at the heart of the label’s catalogue.
Stapleton’s 2013 album Flight brought Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset (Golden Xplosion, Birds) and Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori (Oddarrang’s In Cinema, Agartha) into the fold. The Finnish connection was further strengthened by pianist Alexi Tomarila (Seven Hills), trumpeter Verneri Pohjola (Bullhorn) and pianist Aki Rissanen (Amorandom).
British musicians, both established and just starting out, have joined the roster. Saxophonist Tim Garland (Songs To The North Sky, One, Return To The Fire), pianist Jason Rebello (Held) and trumpeter Gerard Presencer (Groove Travels) are the established names. Trumpeter Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur (Together As One), pianist Elliott Galvin (Punch) and bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado (New Ansonia) represent the younger players.
Edition’s wide range of creative music has been enhanced by classical releases – violinist Thomas Gould (Live In Riga) and pianist Ivana Gavric (Chopin) – and by deep soul from Slowly Rolling Camera (Slowly Rolling Camera, Into The Shadow, All Things).
The high quality of the music and recording is extended to Edition’s cover art.
Edition artists’ successes include: Album of the Year from Jazzwise and MOJO magazines for Phronesis’ Alive; BBC New Generation Artist status for Laura Jurd; and a host of five-star reviews from The Guardian and other publications.
Edition’s achievements in 2016 have included Jazzwise Best Album for Tim Garland’s One, with Dinosaur’s Together, As One at No.3 and Phronesis’ Parallax at No.10.
Get in touch…
Please e-mail us [edition @ editionrecords.com] if you have any questions or just want to say hi!