Vanguard Visionaries

Vanguard Visionaries

by Alison Brown
     
 
Founded in 1950 by brothers Seymour Solomon and Maynard Solomon just as the LP format was taking hold (it had been introduced to the market two years previously), Vanguard Records took full advantage of the longer playing time afforded and began life as a classical label, moving easily into jazz, then

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Founded in 1950 by brothers Seymour Solomon and Maynard Solomon just as the LP format was taking hold (it had been introduced to the market two years previously), Vanguard Records took full advantage of the longer playing time afforded and began life as a classical label, moving easily into jazz, then gospel, bluegrass, blues, and folk (as Joan Baez's label, they had a high profile during the 1960s folk revival), eventually experimenting with rock groups like the Frost, although folk and classical remained the label's forte. Vanguard was sold to the Welk Group in 1985. The new owners set about revitalizing the imprint's back catalog, and also began adding contemporary recordings of country and pop artists as the 21st century began. To celebrate the imprint's rapidly approaching 60th anniversary, Vanguard has released a series of brief artist samplers (Vanguard Visionaries) from the label's peak 1960s and early-'70s era, as well as samplers from newer artists the label has recorded in the past decade, including this one from Alison Brown. A strikingly fresh and innovative banjo player, Brown recorded four albums for Vanguard between 1990 and 1996, each one a bright delight, mixing jazz with traditional concepts. This brief set draws tracks from all four of those albums, but still manages to sound remarkably cohesive.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707314626
catalogNumber:
73146
Rank:
205261

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