Novus Records

Novus Records (later Arista Novus and RCA Novus) was an American jazz record label. It was an imprint of Arista Records that concentrated on then-contemporary jazz artists. Run by Steve Backer, it produced about 25 albums between 1978 and 1980.[1][2]

Novus's roster from 1978 to 1980 included Muhal Richard Abrams, Warren Bernhardt, Larry Coryell, and Oliver Lake. During the 1980s, when Backer worked for BMG, he restarted the label and released jazz and new age music. Its catalogue during these years included Steve Lacy, James Moody, Hilton Ruiz, and Henry Threadgill. Beginning in 1989, it released music by Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, and Marcus Roberts. Novus also reissued albums produced by Backer while he was at Arista. The label closed in the mid-1990s.[2] The catalogue is now managed by Sony Masterworks through its Masterworks Jazz imprint.


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  1. Gary W. Kennedy. "Novus". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. 1 2 Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 177. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.

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