Horizon Records

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Horizon Records
Founded1962 (1962)
FounderDave Hubert
Defunct1980 (1980)
Distributor(s)Verve Records
GenreJazz, folk
Country of originU.S.

Horizon Records was an American independent record label founded in 1962 by Dave Hubert.[1][2]

Horizon was originally a folk and blues label distributed by World Pacific Records. When Liberty Records acquired World Pacific in 1965, it also took over the distribution of Horizon. From 1974 to 1978 the label became a subsidiary imprint of A&M Records for issuing jazz. and pop, During this period, the label was known for producing albums with high-quality audio and packaging.[3][4] The catalogue includes albums by Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Paul Desmond, Charlie Haden, and Jim Hall. John Snyder, the founder of the label, left in 1977 and started Artists House.[5][6]

In 1979 Horizon struck gold with debut albums by Brenda Russell and the Yellow Magic Orchestra. By 1980, the label disappeared. In 1984, A&M went into a deal with Word Distribution, giving more powerful distribution for Word's labels, such as Myrrh Records, Word Records, and Exit Records. Horizon was reactivated with its 1979 artwork intact as a Christian label, with the Imperials, while Myrrh artist Amy Grant signed directly with A&M. By 1987, Horizon had disappeared a second time. Horizon's jazz catalogue is now managed by Verve Records.


Horizon A&M Artist Album
1 701 Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Suite for Pops
2 702 David Liebman Sweet Hands
3 703 Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond 1975: The Duets
4 704 Sonny Fortune Awakening
5 705 Jim Hall Jim Hall Live!
6 706 Ira Sullivan Ira Sullivan
7 707 Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra New Life
8 708 Revolutionary Ensemble The People's Republic
9 709 Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach Forgotten Fantasies
10 850 Paul Desmond Quartet Live
11 710 Charlie Haden Closeness
12 711 Sonny Fortune Waves of Dreams
13 712 Jimmy Owens Jimmy Owens
14 713 Karma Celebration
15 714 Dave Brubeck 25th Anniversary Reunion
16 715 Jim Hall Commitment
17 716 Mel Lewis Mel Lewis and Friends
18 717 Don Cherry Brown Rice
19 719 Gerry Niewood And Timepiece
20 721 David Liebman Light'n Up, Please!
21 722 Ornette Coleman Dancing in Your Head
22 723 Karma For Everybody
23 724 Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra Live in Munich
24 725 Billy Hart Enchance
25 726 Chet Baker You Can't Go Home Again
26 727 Charlie Haden The Golden Number
728 Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela
729 Jimmy Owens Headin' Home
730 Mark-Almond Other Peoples Rooms
731 David Grisman Hot Dawg
732 Dr. John City Lights
733 Neil Larsen Jungle Fever
734 Seawind Light the Light
735 Richard Evans Richard Evans
736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra
737 Gordon Michaels Stargazer
738 Neil Larsen High Gear
739 Brenda Russell Brenda Russell
740 Dr. John Tango Palace
741 Ben Sidran The Cat and the Hat

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  1. ^ Chase, Sam, ed. (August 4, 1962). "Dave Hubert Bows New Horizon Label" (PDF). Billboard Music Week. Cincinnati: The Billboard Publishing Co. p. 6. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 10, 2023.
  2. ^ Ostrow, Marty; Howard, Ira, eds. (August 11, 1962). "World Pacific To Handle Horizon, Folk Diskery" (PDF). Cash Box. New York: The Cash Box Publishing Co. p. 176. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 10, 2023.
  3. ^ Kernfeld, Barry (2001). "Horizon". In Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 978-1-56159-239-5.
  4. ^ "Horizon Records". On A&M Records. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 277. ISBN 1561592846.
  6. ^ Yanow, Scott (1998). "Labels". In Erlewine, Michael; Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Yanow, Scott (eds.). All Music Guide to Jazz (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. p. 1333. ISBN 0-87930-530-4.