Album highlight : The Sun Ra Arkestra / Springtime In Chicago
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Danny Davis
Alto Saxophone, Piccolo Flute – Marshall Allen
Baritone Saxophone, Flute – Danny Ray Thompson
Bass Clarinet, Flute – Eloe Omoe
Bassoon, Flute, Percussion [Egyptian Infinity Drum] – James Jacson
Congas – Atakatune
Drums – Luqman Ali
Electric Guitar – Dale Williams
Organ, Synthesizer, Beam, Written-by – Sun Ra
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Timbales, Vocals – John Gilmore
Trumpet – Eddie Gale, Michael Ray, Walter Miller
Vibraphone – Damon Choice
Vocals – June Tyson
Leo Records is a small independent company producing highly original, innovative, improvisation-based new music; music that refuses to be submitted to the market forces, that goes against the grain of current wisdoms; music that asks questions, provokes debate, generates ideas. This is music that matters. Although the catalogue of Leo Records includes composers and musicians from all over the world, the origin of the musicians is not so important. What matters is the originality of the music.
The catalogue of Leo Records is over 500 CDs. The stalwarts of the label are Ivo Perelman, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton, John Wolf Brennan, Eugene Chadbourne, Marilyn Crispell, The Ganelin Trio, Joelle Leandre, Joe and Mat Maneri, Simon Nabatov, Sainkho Namchylak, Lauren Newton, Evan Parker, Ned Rothenberg, Tibor Szemzo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Reggie Workman, etc. Leo Records accommodate "established" musicians and veterans of new music, while Leo Lab is devoted to more experimental music and younger talents.
Leo Records was formed in 1979 and since then has become "one of the most significant independent labels of recent times..." (page 799, THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ ON CD, LP & CASSETTE, by Richard Cook & Brian Morton).
It has almost "singlehandedly established the parameters of our understanding of new Russian jazz and improvisation."(page 1191, ibid).
"Without Leo Records, our perception of the international scope of improvised music would be vastly different.";(Coda Magazine).