Verve Music Group (now known as Verve Label Group; not for release label use!)

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Annotation

The Verve Music Group is the consequence of the Seagram/Polygram merge, and the result of the combination of the Verve and GRP earlier assets.

Universal Music Group armed-jazz-fist, it owns a number of labels and catalogs (Verve, EmArcy, Mercury, GRP, Down Home, impulse!, Norgran, Clef, Verve Forecast, Verve by Request, Commodore, Coral, Blue Thumb, Brunswick, Decca).
Though not as important as Concord, VMG still is a major force in the jazz landscape.

In 2002, VMG introduced a serie of Verve Remixed compilations, presenting remixes from its jazz back catalog.

Lately (December 2006), the Universal Music Group axed most of VMG and laid out nearly all the staff and a good part of the artist contracts, handing the catalogs over to UME.

You will probably never have to fill any release under the Verve Music Group itself, but rather under one of its subsidiary, most notably Verve or GRP and their numerous reissues collections:

  • Best Of GRP
  • Commodore
  • Definitive
  • Desert Island
  • Divas
  • Finest Hour
  • For Lovers
  • Free America
  • Jazz Books
  • Jazz in Paris
  • Ken Burns Jazz
  • LP Reproductions
  • Priceless Jazz
  • Quiet Now
  • Swingstation
  • Verve by Request
  • Verve Elite Ed.
  • Verve Master Ed.
  • Verve Out of Print
  • Verve Ultimate

For some insight about Verve history, please consult its annotation.
Also note that following its pop/commercial reorientation during the late 60s, then the Polydor buy-out during the 70s, Verve produced a number of non-jazz records and inherited from Philips/Mercury vaults and leases (making VMG the actual owner of stuff from the Velvet, Nana Mouskouri...).

Annotation last modified on 2007-11-03 16:23 UTC.

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Songs for Distingué Lovers Billie Holiday CD 6 060075359095
The Many Sides of Toshiko 秋吉敏子 CD 8 POCJ 2748 4988005233684
All or Nothing at All Billie Holiday CD 12 060075359092
Stay With Me Billie Holiday CD 7 060075359096 0600753590911
Sing Me a Rainbow / Fat City The Sons of Champlin Vinyl 2 VK-10500
Ella & Basie: On the Sunny Side of the Street Ella Fitzgerald & The Count Basie Orchestra CD 12 821 576-2
The Velvet Underground (made in West Germany) The Velvet Underground CD 10 815 454-2 042281545429
Compact Jazz: Antônio Carlos Jobim Antonio Carlos Jobim CD 16 843 273-2
You Gotta Pay the Band Abbey Lincoln featuring Stan Getz CD 10 314511110-2 731451111020
Swinging Christmas Various Artists CD 15 515 759-2 731451575921
The Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction to Afro-Cubop Machito and His Orchestra CD 13 513876 731451387623
Personalidade Antonio Carlos Jobim CD 16 832786-2 731451413025
Solitude: Billie Holiday Story, Vol. 2 Billie Holiday CD 16 731451981029
At the Village Vanguard Betty Carter CD 11
The Montreal Tapes Charlie Haden with Paul Bley and Paul Motian CD 8 523 259-2 0731452325921
Steal Away: Spirituals, Hymns and Folk Songs Charlie Haden & Hank Jones CD 14 527 249-2 731452724922
The Promise John McLaughlin CD 11 529 828-2 731452982827
Antônio Carlos Jobim and Friends Antônio Carlos Jobim CD 13 314531-556-2 731453155626
Last Chance for Common Sense Rodney Kendrick CD 16 314531536-2 731453153622
Junkanoo Barbara Dennerlein CD 9 537122-2 731453712225
Jazz Project Humberto Ramírez Digital Media 9
Ultimate Lester Young Lester Young CD 11 539 772-2 731453977228
Tjader-ized: A Cal Tjader Tribute Dave Samuels CD 11
The Enemies of Energy Kurt Rosenwinkel CD 10 314 543 042-2 731454304221
Clifford Brown and Max Roach Clifford Brown & Max Roach CD 11 543 306-2 731454330626
Award Winner Stan Getz CD 15 543 320-2 731454332026
Bump John Scofield CD 12 543 430-2 731454343022
Bossa Nova Various Artists Digital Media 15
Dinah Washington's Finest Hour Dinah Washington CD 18 731454359627
Milton Milton Nascimento CD 9 314 543 485-2 731454348522
In Paris Chet Baker CD 14 314 543 547-2 731454354721
My Spanish Heart Chick Corea CD 18 543 303-2 731454330329
The Ultimate Collection Louis Armstrong 3×CD 21 + 21 + 17 543 699-2 731454369923
A Jazz Retrospective Various Artists CD 12 BN 20802 779836208026
The Next Step Kurt Rosenwinkel CD 8 731454916226
Thelma Gracen Thelma Gracen CD 12 UCCM-9036 4988005259899
A Twist of Marley - A Tribute Various Artists Digital Media 13
Jazz in Paris: Modern Jazz au Club St-Germain Bobby Jaspar CD 8 159941
Toots Tielemans & Kenny Werner Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner CD 13 440 014 722-2 044001472220
Oscar Peterson Plays the Harold Arlen Song Book Oscar Peterson CD 24 314 589 103-2 731458910329
Compilation Verve édition spéciale du Festival: Festival International de Jazz Montreal 2001 Various Artists CD 13 umcf 4422-2
The Look of Love (bonus disc) Diana Krall CD 3
Getz for Lovers Stan Getz CD 15 314 589 361-2
Duke Ellington's Finest Hour Duke Ellington & His Orchestra CD 17 731458941521
Woody Herman-1963 Woody Herman & His Orchestra CD 8 717794778229
Kissing Jessica Stein Various Artists CD 14 589 646-2 731458964629
Piano, Strings and Bossa Nova Lalo Schifrin CD 12 314 589 763-2 731458976325
Live in Paris Diana Krall CD 12 440 065 109-2 044006510927
Once Upon a Summertime: The Best Female Jazz Vocals Various Artists 2×CD 13 + 16 5209742
A Night in Paris Diana Krall CD 12 065 369-2 044006536927
Now Singing in 12 Great Movies Billy Eckstine CD 13 589 307-2 731458930723
Swing Around Rosie Rosemary Clooney with The Buddy Cole Trio CD 12 589 485-2 731458948520
Footprints Live! Wayne Shorter CD 8 589 679-2 731458967927
The Definitive Dinah Washington Dinah Washington CD 20 731458983927
The Very Best of Stan Getz Stan Getz (unknown) 12 731458421023
Soul Sessions Jeff Golub CD 11
Erroll Garner's Finest Hour Erroll Garner CD 16 731458977520
The Diva Series Anita O’Day CD 18 065 213-2 044006521329
Four Women: The Nina Simone Philips Recordings Nina Simone 4×CD 19 + 21 + 22 + 13 440065021-2 044006502120
Heartcore Kurt Rosenwinkel CD 11 731458977629
Festival International de Jazz de Montreal - Compilation 2003 Various Artists CD 11 05054
Sarah for Lovers Sarah Vaughan CD 16 065 330-2 044006533025
Sinnerman Nina Simone 12" Vinyl 4 VERR01283-1
Temptation Diana Krall CD 2 0602498617571 602498617571
Buttercorn Lady Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers CD 6
Getz/Gilberto Stan Getz & João Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim Hybrid SACD 8 UCGU-7031 4988005372215
We Get Requests (Hybrid SACD) The Oscar Peterson Trio SACD 10 UCGU-7032 4988005372222
Black Coffee With Peggy Lee Peggy Lee CD 12 602498631935 602498631935
Crescent City Serenade Dr. Michael White CD 14 004228485452
Candido Candido feat. Al Cohn CD 10 ABC-125 060249861763
Cello Quartet Roger Kellaway CD 8 B0001457 602498610626
Baker's Holiday Chet Baker SACD 10 B0003279-16 602498635063
Jazz 2004 Compilation Festival Special Edition Various Artists CD 12 UMCF-05259-2
The Boss Jimmy Smith CD 5 v6-8770
P.S. I Love You: Selections From the for Lovers Series Various Artists CD 10
Deep Song Kurt Rosenwinkel CD 10 075021034563
Beyond the Sound Barrier Wayne Shorter Quartet CD 8 0602498812815 602498812815
The New Standard Herbie Hancock CD 11 0602498840351 602498840351
Nina Simone for Lovers Nina Simone CD 11 0602498636183 602498636183
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Jimmy Smith CD 7 823 309-2 042282330925
Beautiful Bossa Nova Various Artists 2×CD 20 + 20 983 167-3, 983 167-4 0602498316726
Remix From Verve//Remixed^3 Sarah Vaughan CD 3 B0004331-32 602498807217
Ella and Louis (Classics) Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong CD 11 MGV 4003 602498840214
We Get Requests The Oscar Peterson Trio CD 10 V6-8606 0602498840429
Further Definitions Benny Carter and His Orchestra CD 16 602498840153
Jazz for Lovers Various Artists CD 18 0602498358658
New Year's at the Village Vanguard Dr. Michael White CD 10 0731451216824 0731451216824
Go Baby Go Baby Loves Jazz CD 18 602517000513
From This Moment On Diana Krall Digital Media 13
Marie Antoinette Various Artists 2×CD 12 + 14 602517084186 602517084186
My One and Only Love Denzal Sinclaire CD 10 988422 602498842225
From This Moment On Diana Krall CD 12 B0007530-02 602517063259
The Nearness of You Helen Merrill CD 12 UCCU-9254 4988005432353
Miyoshi Miyoshi Umeki CD 11 UCCU-9321 4988005452276
Betcha Bottom Dollar The Puppini Sisters CD 14 B0008409‐02 602498461709
Kim Is Back Kim Hoorweg (unknown) 13 0602517338180
Lullabies of Birdland Ella Fitzgerald CD 11
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Nina Simone Nina Simone CD 11
More Than Pussy: The Remix EP Brazilian Girls Digital Media 5
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (Impulse ORIGINALS) Duke Ellington CD 8 0602517448094 602517448094