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Commodore Records

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Commodore Records

Commodore Records label

Commodore Records was a United States-based independent record label known for issuing many well regarded recordings of jazz and swing music.

Commodore Records was founded in the spring of Pee Wee Russell often in his band. Commodore was one of the first labels to list the full personnel of bands on the label.

Billie Holiday also recorded for Commodore (in 1939 and 1944), with "Strange Fruit" and "Fine and Mellow" first appearing on that label.

Like his UHCA label, Gabler initially arranged for recording and pressing made by ARC, then Reeves Transcription Services and Decca, so both Commodore and UHCA used various matrix number series, depending on where the session originated from.

After World War II Gabler went to work for Decca Records, and his Commodore label was later used by Decca for reissuing earlier jazz recordings on LP. In the early 1960s a series of Commodore albums were compiled by Gabler and part of the Mainstream label.

Mosaic Records issued three LP sets of the label's complete output.


  1. ^ Peter Clayton and Peter Gammond, The Guinness Jazz Companion (Enfield: Guinness Publishing, 2nd edn, 1989), p. 65.

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