Aladdin Records (USA)

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"Blow illinois Blow" Aladdin Records '78 single from Illinois Jacquet

Aladdin Records is an American blues and jazz label, especially in the field of rhythm and blues and swing .

History of the record label

Aladdin Records was founded in 1946 by brothers Eddie, Leo and Ira Mesner and was based in Hollywood . First it was called Philo Records , then the name "Aladdin Records" was introduced.

Aladdin Records was known for a number of recordings of the then very popular rhythm and blues style and early rock 'n' roll ; in addition, some important jazz recordings appeared on the label, such as titles by Coleman Hawkins , Jay McShann , Illinois Jacquet or the legendary Aladdin Sessions by Lester Young , which were produced between 1945 and 1947 by Leonard Feather . In addition to the recordings that were made in Los Angeles , some Aladdin recordings were made in New Orleans by Cosimo Matassa. The first track recorded for Philo Records was Illinois Jacquet's Flying Home , recorded in July 1945. Artists who worked for Aladdin Records included musicians and singers such as Louis Jordan , Shirley & Lee , Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown , The Five Keys , Lightnin 'Hopkins , Dave Bartholomew , Gene & Eunice , Wynonie Harris , Thurston Harris , Johnny Ace , Charles Brown , Nat "King" Cole , Billie Holiday and others. In 1954, the Mesner brothers started the Jazz'West sub-label for the publication of 10-inch records and the Orfeo classic sub-label . In 1960 the label was sold to Lew Chudds Imperial Records and is now part of the EMI catalog .

Lester Young : " East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) ", 78 from the Aladdin session with Gene DiNovi , Chuck Wayne , Curly Russell and Tiny Kahn on December 29, 1947

There is a pop record label in Great Britain under the same name, Aladdin Records .

Web links


  • Bielefeld Catalog Jazz 2001
  • Leonard Feather: Liner Notes for Lester Young - The Complete Aladdin Recorduing (Blue Note)


  1. Coleman Hawkins All Stars with Miles Davis , Kai Winding , Howard Johnson , Hank Jones , Curly Russell and Max Roach played Bean and the Boys, Isn't It Romantic, The Way You Look Tonight and Phantomesque , NYC, June 1947; see. Teddy Doering: Coleman Hawkins , Oreos Verlag 2001
  2. Billie Holiday with the Tiny Grimes Sextet sang the tracks Detour Ahead , Rocky Mountain Blues, Be Fair to Me and Blue Turning Gray Over You , New York City, April 29, 1951
  3. The Art Pepper album The Return of Art pepper appeared on the Jazz'West label .