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Iconic Jazz Label Candid Records Relaunches with Five Reissues of Legendary 60's Recordings Remastered by Award Winning Audio Engineer Bernie Grundman
(Published: March 14, 2022)

Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
We Insist! - Max Roach
Lightnin' in New York' - Lightnin' Hopkins
Straight Ahead - Abbey Lincoln
Otis Spann is the Blues

Historic Albums Confronting Civil Rights Issues,
As Relevant Today As They Were 60 Years Ago

Available On CD and Streaming Services April 15th, 2022
Available on Vinyl June 24th, 2022

Today's Candid Will Honor Its Past and Define Music for Generations to Come

The iconic jazz label Candid Records, established in 1960 featuring a back catalog of some of the most acclaimed jazz and blues artists of all time, today announces its official relaunch with the release of legendary recordings by Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Lightnin' Hopkins, Abbey Lincoln, and Otis Spann. The name Candid has signified adventure and integrity, and what jazz folk call "big ears" - the ability to recognize and appreciate all manner of music. In being revitalized, the label will continue to pay homage to its legendary back catalog, release recordings by the stars of today, as well as bring forth the rising talent of a new generation.

Originally recorded in 1960-61, these reissues, produced by the label's head of A&R Nat Hentoff, have been remastered by award winning audio engineer Bernie Grundman, one of the most prominent names in mastering worldwide (Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Mary J. Blige, Prince, among many others). The selection chosen for the initial relaunch is emblematic of an era when jazz and blues were exploding beyond their traditional confines, experimenting with new musical forms and boldly confronting issues of civil rights in American society which are still relevant today.

All five albums will be available on streaming services and on CD on April 15th, and available on vinyl on June 24th. They are currently available to pre-order and pre-save here [LINK].

Now part of Exceleration Music, Candid Records will continue to re-release additional titles from their vaults as well as new music from contemporary artists. Exceleration Partner and music producer John Burk comments: "Candid Records is synonymous with some of the greatest artists and recordings in jazz. In relaunching the label, we are thrilled to be able to introduce the breadth and depth of the catalog, and the legendary artists and recordings within, to new generations. We also intend to honor and build upon the legacy with new recordings from the greatest artists in jazz today, as well as those who represent the future of the genre."

Mark Wexler, Head of Candid Records states: "With a wealth of recordings to consider to relaunch the label, these first five titles represent a cross section of a very specific important time in the history of Candid Records. They pay homage to these brilliant artists, their legendary producer Nat Hentoff and a time in our world which signified great social discourse and change."

"I am very excited about the relaunch of Candid Records and the reissue of these particular recordings by these iconic artists," states Terri Lyne Carrington, GRAMMY® winning musician and A&R consultant for Candid Records. "Their political message reflects many sentiments of today's social climate, which strongly connects the legacy of the label's catalog with the current artists we are working with and signing. Abbey Lincoln's Straight Ahead is one of my favorite records and I can't wait to hear it presented with a new level of audio quality."

Releasing April 15th, 2022:

Charles Mingus - Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (1960)
Celebrating his 100th Centennial and produced by Candid co-founder, famed music critic and social activist Nat Hentoff, the album achieves what the best of Mingus's work accomplishes; the perfect tension between jazz played as an ensemble and jazz played as totally free.

Max Roach - We Insist! (1960)
At once an avant-garde masterpiece, a vocal-instrumental suite, and a work of collective improvisation directly addressing the racial and political issues of its day, We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite is one of the most important artistic statements of the Civil Rights Movement and one of the most groundbreaking jazz albums of all time.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' In New York (1960)
Recorded November 15, 1960 at the Nola Penthouse Sound Studios in New York, Lightnin' In New York captures the legendary bluesman in classic form, including some rare solos on the piano. Produced by Nat Hentoff, and recorded at a time when Hopkins was being "rediscovered" by white audiences, the bluesman was reluctant in accepting his new role as an "artist" before predominantly white audiences.

Abbey Lincoln - Straight Ahead (1961)
Straight Ahead is one of Abbey Lincoln's greatest and most important recordings. A testament to her credibility and talents, the section on this album includes saxophone giant Colman Hawkins, the great Eric Dolphy on reeds, trumpeter Booker Little, pianist Mal Waldron and the iconic drummer Max Roach.

Otis Spann - Otis Spann Is The Blues (1960)
Otis Spann Is The Blues is not only the first solo album ever recorded by Otis Spann, it is also the first album ever recorded for New York City based Candid Records label. Produced by Nat Hentoff, the album captures not one, but two legends at the peak of their powers - Otis Spann and guitarist Robert Lockwood Jr.

About Candid Records
The Candid story begins in the early 1950's when bandleader and arranger Archie Bleyer founded the Cadence Records label. Cadence was a success, and in 1960, Bleyer looked to the epicenter of the jazz world, New York City, to capture that vibrant and creative scene and created an offshoot, Candid Records. To helm the new label, he tapped Nat Hentoff as A&R man and house producer. Hentoff - a leading music critic, widely published, and influential for his writings on civil liberties - had impeccable taste. Instinctively including blues in his purview, the very first Candid recording session produced one of the finest blues albums ever, from arguably one of the greatest blues pianists, Otis Spann Is the Blues. A week later came the landmark sessions for We Insist!, the politically charged, avant-garde masterpiece from Max Roach, whose inspired album cover re-enacted the headline-making and groundbreaking Greensboro, NC, lunch-counter sit-in, which had occurred only a few months earlier.

By mid-November, Charles Mingus Presents from jazz giant Charles Mingus, and Lightnin' in New York, from Lightnin' Hopkins, were also in the can. Those were quickly followed by now-hallowed albums from vocalist Abbey Lincoln including Straight Ahead, as well as others from artists such as free jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor, hard bop ambassadors Booker Ervin and Booker Little, and envelope pushing trumpet player Don Ellis.

While Candid Records had to close its doors in 1961, the amount of era-defining music that they produced during their initial run is nothing short of breathtaking. The label would eventually be relaunched in the 1980's, adding new artists and releasing over 300 additional entries.

Candid Records Today
The next chapter of the Candid story has already begun. 2021 saw new releases from jazz chanteuse, singer songwriter Stacey Kent (Songs From Other Places), The Count Basie Orchestra (Live At Birdland), and Brazilian piano marvel Eliane Elias (Mirror Mirror with Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés), the latter of the two earning 2022 GRAMMY┬« nominations. In reclaiming the label's heritage, Today's Candid is not only committed to its legacy but looks forward to defining its future with the quality of music that is synonymous with its heritage. Candid will not only uphold reissuing the classic jazz heroes of the Nat Hentoff era with high-quality remastered vinyl releases, it will continue to release new recordings by the star artists of today and discover the rising artists of a new generation.

About Exceleration Music
Exceleration Music is a company formed by global music industry leaders Glen Barros, Amy Dietz, John Burk, Dave Hansen and Charles Caldas to invest in the future of independent labels and artists. Exceleration offers personalized solutions to entrepreneurs seeking capital to achieve growth as well as those trying to achieve liquidity or an honorable exit. The company's growing team of data, sales and marketing experts works to preserve and enhance the legacies of both the entrepreneurs and their artists alike. To date, Exceleration has strategic relationships with SideOneDummy, Alligator Records, Candid Records, Bloodshot Records and the Ray Charles Foundation. Learn more at www.excelerationmusic.com.

More Information: https://www.candidrecords.com

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