Jazz label Concord Records is celebrating Black Music 24/7, 365 and June is a special month though and to mark the occasion, as they are proud to share a complimentary annual Black Music Month album. There truly is some special music included on this year's compilation. Whether it's Cannonball Adderley serenading all the "Gemini's" or Kris Bowers "Waking the Neighbors," they cover the spectrum of Black Music with sound, style and of course.. SOUL! The artist lineup includes tracks from: N’Dambi, Mindi Abair featuring Trombone Shorty, Isaac Hayes, Kris Bowers, Lonnie Jordan, Dianne Reeves featuring Gregory Porter, Al Jarreau featuring Kelly Price, Harvey Mason featuring Christian Scott & Corey “CK” King, Pleasure, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, Kenny Wayne Shepherd featuring Keb’ Mo & Rebith Brass Band, Billy Porter, Cannonball Adderly, Nat Adderly & Yusef Lateef, and Mel & Kim. Here is the link for the FREE DOWNLOAD: http://www.concordblackmusicmonth.com/
Concord Records is a family of labels that includes several key partnership and imprints, Concord has amassed a catalog of over 1,000 albums and 10,000 recordings of individual songs from an expanding roster of world-class vocal and instrumental artists. In 1999, entertainment veterans Norman Lear and Hal Gaba purchased the label, helping the company to attract such artists as Barry Manilow, Peter Cincotti, Ozomatli, Ray Charles, and Maurice White.
In 2004 Concord Records acquired Fantasy, Inc., owner of Prestige, Fantasy, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty and Stax Records. Concord then combined with Fantasy to form the independent Concord Music Group. That same year, Concord first partnered with Starbucks to release Ray Charles’s Genius Loves Company – which won 8 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. In 2005, the company acquired the classics and jazz label Telarc International. On December 18, 2006, Concord announced the re-launch of the soul label Stax.
In 2007, Concord Music Group and Starbucks jointly founded the Hear Music label. Hear Music’s initial release, Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full, was released in June of ‘07. Hear Music has since released albums by artists that include Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, John Mellencamp and more. In 2008, Village Roadshow Pictures Group (VRPG) and Concord completed their merger resulting in the creation of the new diversified entertainment group, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.
In April 2010 it was announced Paul McCartney has transferred distribution rights to his post-Beatles output to Concord from EMI. Concord purchased Rounder Records in 2010. Distribution is mainly handled by Universal Music Group. In smaller markets, such as those in Africa and Eastern Europe, local independent labels that represent Universal license the catalogue. Since 2010, Concord Music Group is divided into 3 umbrellas: Concord Records Group, Fantasy Records Group & Telarc Records Group. It is now the 5th largest record group in the world.