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After Midnight, featuring Ford Dabney’s Syncopated Orchestras, coming in May

Ford Dabney was a founding member of the all-Black Clef Club whose reputation grew through providing the syncopated dance sounds for Flo Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic. In 1917, he began making records, and our upcoming double-CD release, After Midnight lets you discover his artistry for yourself. Features 48 tracks remastered by Grammy-winning audio engineer Richard Martin and and a 36-page booklet with notes and scholarship by Grammy-nominated author Tim Brooks. Learn more and reserve your copy today!

A Grammy nomination for The Moaninest Moan of Them All: The Jazz Saxophone of Loren McMurray, 1920-1922

The Moaninest Moan of Them All has received a Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album! Big congratulations to Team Mac, including our co-producer and co-nominee Colin Hancock, as well as Mark Berresford, who co-authored the notes. This is Archeophone’s 24th nomination overall and 9th in this category, and we’re honored that the art of Loren McMurray is being recognized. Learn more and reserve your copy today!

The Moaninest Moan of Them All: The Jazz Saxophone of Loren McMurray, 1920-1922 now available

The Moaninest Moan of Them All shines a spotlight on Loren McMurray, the singular talent who redefined the sound of saxophone on record and bridged the gap from the polite sax in the 1910s to the genre-shaping sounds of Tram, Hawk, Coltrane, Rollins, and Parker. The 2-CD set features 50 tracks remastered by Grammy-winning audio engineer Richard Martin and comes in a deluxe digipack with 80-pages of notes by Grammy-nominated authors Colin Hancock and Mark Berresford. Learn more and reserve your copy today!

PRAISE FOR ARCHEOPHONE

  • “Truly epochal reissues, which unearth completely forgotten chapters of musical history. The tiny Illinois-based Archeophone label has been doing that kind of archaeology for several years now, almost single-handedly championing the popular music of the acoustic recording era.”
    Jody RosenSlate.com
  • “In the digital age, when liner notes have been reduced to a song name scrolling across a streaming playlist, the husband-and-wife team of [Richard] Martin and Meagan Hennessey are an anomaly. They gather rarities from the earliest era of recordings, research the music and put out entire books of analysis alongside the music.”
    Geoff EdgersWashington Post

FROM OUR BLOG

A Love Letter to the 1920 Eddie Kuhn Records

Guest blog by Colin Hancock The Moaninest Moan of Them All represents many firsts. It’s the first CD devoted to Loren McMurray, pioneer of jazz saxophone. It’s the first in-depth look at the saxophone’s transition into a major voice in jazz and American popular music. It’s the first time many early sides by the orchestras … Continue reading A Love Letter to the 1920 Eddie Kuhn Records
posted: June 7, 2023

The Captain and The Jazz Boy

Guest blog post by Marcus Cederström While transcribing the many songs from Swede Home Chicago: Wallin’s Svenska Records, 1923–1927, I reached out to friends and family for help. After listening to the same song for hours on end, you reach a sort of impasse. You slow things down. You turn things up. You adjust your … Continue reading The Captain and The Jazz Boy
posted: September 23, 2021

Wallin’s Performers: Beyond Anonymity

Guest blog post by Jim Leary Old discs serve as singing tombstones. Spinning grooves and printed labels yield voices and virtuosity, names and places, commemoratively situating dead souls. Discs are all we have sometimes, but happily they’re often where we start.  Swede Home Chicago started with a search to identify the otherwise anonymous impresario whose … Continue reading Wallin’s Performers...
posted: September 3, 2021

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