Black Lion Records was founded in 1968 by Alan Bates, initially based out of England. The label had two series of releases – one for British jazz musicians and one for international musicians – published under the two imprints, Black Lion and Freedom. For a limited time, the label was distributed by Polydor but was then acquired and marketed by DA Music in Germany since the early 80s.
Hip Jazz Bop – Jazz has always been seen as a threat to the moral fiber of America. From the beginning, the old guard believed that the syncopated rhythms and seemingly chaotic framework of jazz were a bad influence on young people. But just when the establishment finally thought they had quelled the jazz rage for good, 1201 Music initiated a jazz line in the late 90s that would put the government’s “Just Say No” campaign to shame.
Blue Chip Jazz is the jazz imprint founded in the late nineties by Da Music USA, providing an exciting new recording outlet for straight jazz artists. Among the 50 newly recorded releases are such renowned artists like Pat Martino, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Greg Abate, Joe Augustine, Tony Jefferson, Ben Riley, Kenny Barron or Jon Faddis, just to name a few.
Blue Orchid was founded in the late nineties by DA Music USA, establishing a new recording label for contemporary and new adult contemporary jazz artists. Among the 50 newly recorded releases are such chart topping and actively touring artists like Denny Jiosa, Dave Camp or Flamenco artist Obo.
Innovative Communications – Since founding of the label in 1979 by the German Musician Klaus Schulze, the label has always focused on New Instrumental Music.
NightSky – This exciting new label was created in the late 80s to provide a home for electronic music composers, most famously Colors In Motion with over millions of streams.