Leo Records

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Leo Records
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Founded1979 (1979)
FounderLeo Feigin
Genre Jazz
Country of originUK
LocationLondon, England

Leo Records is a British record company and label which releases jazz from Russian, American, and British musicians. It concentrates on free jazz. [1]


Leo Records was founded in 1979 by Leo Feigin (also known under his broadcasting name Aleksei Leonidov), a Russian immigrant to Britain. [2] The label was particularly associated with establishing the world reputation of the Ganelin Trio during the 1970s and 1980s. [3]

It is generally associated with more experimental releases. The label has a close relationship with the artists who release material on the label; it does not sign artists to contracts, but releases their material on a single-album basis. By 2010 there were over 700 titles in Leo Records catalogue. Leo Records comprises four labels: Leo Records, Leo Lab (Leo Records Laboratory), Golden Years of New Jazz, and FeetFirst records.

This label is different from the Leo Records that was formed by Edward Vesala in Helsinki, Finland, in 1978. [1]


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  1. 1 2 Adams, Simon (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 573. ISBN   1561592846.
  2. Leo Records, Allaboutjazz.com, 10 February 2004.
  3. Kelsey, Chris. "Ganelin Trio: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 January 2011.

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