• Paul Green A Bissel Rhythm

    A Bissell Rhythm

    Catalog #: BR8955

    Release Date: February 8, 2019

    21st Century
    Jazz
    Clarinet
    Percussion
    Piano

    A BISSEL RHYTHM is composer and clarinetist Paul Green’s PARMA Recordings debut, although it marks his second recorded exploration into the fusion between jazz and Jewish music. A performance at Merkin Concert Hall resulted in the New York Times extolling his talents: “Like a cobra intent on doing some charming of its own, the clarinetist Paul Green weaved, darted and hovered over his instrument…conjuring gorgeous sounds.”

  • A Sinister Endeavor

    A Sinister Endeavor

    Catalog #: BR8941

    Release Date: July 10, 2015

    21st Century
    Jazz
    Cello
    Percussion
    Piano

    On her debut Big Round Records release, A SINISTER ENDEAVOR, composer and pianist Gay Pearson presents a collection of works that highlight her eclectic quintet - consisting of piano, bass, drums, flute, and cello - and their colorful, introspective, and energetic performances. Recorded live in Newburyport MA, this album presents original works by Pearson, including Zonal and Meridional Flow, with its classical counterpoint and 4-part polyphony; the energetic solo piano piece Cirrus High; and An Ionian Emitter, which uses complex rhythms and syncopation.

  • AMBIENCE

    Ambience

    Catalog #: BR8961

    Release Date: June 12, 2020

    21st Century
    Solo Instrumental
    Piano

    AMBIENCE is Big Round Records’ latest release from composer Joe Hume. After a decade of working exclusively as a professional pianist, Hume has returned to composing in a big way with this compelling 11-track album of airy original solo piano pieces.

  • Berl Olswanger and the Olswanger Beat

    Berl Olswanger and the Olswanger Beat

    Catalog #: BR8969

    Release Date: May 28, 2021

    20th Century
    Jazz
    Piano
    Trombone
    Trumpet

    Blues and big band lovers are in for a swingin' treat with Big Round Records' new archival recording of BERL OLSWANGER AND THE OLSWANGER BEAT, the label’s third released recording by “Mr. Music of Memphis." Olswanger, whose musical career spanned over a half-century, could easily be called a jack-of-all-trades: a popular bandleader, a prolific composer of swing music, a serial entrepreneur, and a wildly successful teacher bringing the art of music-making to the masses.

  • Berl Olswanger at pepper records

    Berl Olswanger at Pepper Records

    Catalog #: BR8967

    Release Date: March 26, 2021

    20th Century
    Jazz
    Piano
    Voice

    Berl Olswanger returns for a second installment of timeless archival recordings on Big Round Records, with BERL OLSWANGER AT PEPPER RECORDS, a collection of tunes recorded during the late-50’s golden era of the Memphis record business. Olswanger hit the state-of-the-art studios at Pepper Records to record 10 songs by William “Pat” Best, Floyd Huddleston, Olswanger himself, and more.

  • Berl Olswanger at the piano

    Berl Olswanger at the Piano

    Catalog #: BR8965

    Release Date: January 8, 2021

    20th Century
    Jazz
    Guitar
    Piano

    Big Round Records presents the first of five albums by “Mr. Music of Memphis,” Berl Olswanger, featuring tunes by Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, and more. From pop standards and jazz ditties to good old-fashioned polka, pianist Berl Olswanger wrested command of just about every style.

  • Berl Olswanger in the Studio

    Catalog #: BR8980

    Release Date: September 8, 2023

    20th Century
    Jazz
    Piano
    Voice

    Berl Olswanger, “Mr. Music of Memphis,” returns for a fifth installment of timeless archival recordings on Big Round Records with BERL OLSWANGER IN THE STUDIO. This never-before-heard collection transports listeners back to the pianist’s private studio in 1950’s Memphis where he recorded his early compositions, some of which went on to become fully orchestrated tracks on the 2021 release BERL OLSWANGER AT PEPPER RECORDS. With a smooth blend of blues, country, boogie-woogie, and ragtime influences, Olswanger delivers tunes that capture the popular sounds of the era. From the strong stride piano solo in Chicken Bone Man to the fluttering fills in Tennessee Skidoo, Olswanger’s inimitable approach shines through, inviting listeners into his private studio to witness an early period of the piano great’s legacy.

  • Big Round Sound

    Big Round Sound Vol. 1

    Catalog #: BR8942

    Release Date: July 10, 2015

    20th Century
    21st Century
    Chamber
    Jazz
    Guitar
    Harp
    Piano

    Big Round Record's first installment of its compilation series, BIG ROUND SOUND VOL. 1, presents a deep cross-section of the label's contemporary and eclectic catalog. From jazz and world music to folk, fusion, and progressive rock, this album features performances by Tony R. Clef, the Oscuro Quintet, Andy Jaffe and Branford Marsalis, Sophie Dunér, the Larksong Trio, Anne Vanschothorst, Juan Álamo, Jean-Philippe Grégoire, and more in works by Christina Rusnak, Svjetlana Bukvich, Sebastiano Meloni, Ecco La Musica, Bunny Beck, and others.

  • Haney David Birth Of A City

    Birth of a City

    Catalog #: BR8956

    Release Date: July 26, 2019

    21st Century
    Jazz
    Percussion
    Piano
    String Quartet

    Even though the tracks on BIRTH OF A CITY are loosely grouped by their titles, the recording is very much a concept album. Haney, himself an accomplished pianist who also studied composition, scored the pieces for a kind of string quartet (violin – viola – cello – double bass), interspersed by varying quantities of brass instruments and percussion. Naturally, as one would expect from this kind of music, all works are scored with exactitude – for the most part, that is. Remarkably, Haney grants the performers a great amount of improvisatory freedom – indubitably owing to his own background in jazz, the genre which definitely and definitively shines through in all his compositions.

  • By The Red

    By The Red

    Catalog #: BR8940

    Release Date: July 10, 2015

    Folk Music
    Vocal Music
    Percussion
    Piano
    Voice

    Life on the Canadian prairie is vital, challenging, and poetic, and on their debut Big Round Records release, BY THE RED, pianist Laura Loewen and baritone Mel Braun - joined by Fred Redekop and Jay Taylor, otherwise known as the mandolin-bass duo Big and Dinky - present a glimpse of the variety of folk music found in Manitoba's Red River Valley. Drawn from French Canadian, Métis, German Mennonite, Scots, and cowboy culture, and supplemented by the art song-like settings of John Greer, Larry Warkentin, Chester Duncan, Robert Turner, and Heidi Ugrin, these works relate stories that 200 years of life in the Red River Valley have generated. Tales of sod-busting pioneers, exile, sacrifice, summer idyll, and love, all leavened by a sense of humor that allows life to flourish on the prairie, are explored on this dramatic and nostalgic collection.

  • CIRCADIAN WORLD CLOCK

    Circadian World Clock

    Catalog #: BR8970

    Release Date: July 9, 2021

    21st Century
    Avant-Garde
    Electroacoustic
    Percussion
    Piano

    CIRCADIAN WORLD CLOCK from David Haney and Big Round Records is a captivating exploration of nature’s musical landscape. In this groundbreaking recording project, Haney challenges participants from around the world to submit 2-3 minute field recordings, each recorded at the specific hours of the day prescribed by the monastic Liturgy of the Hours.

  • Detours

    Detours

    Catalog #: BR8938

    Release Date: May 12, 2015

    20th Century
    21st Century
    Jazz
    Percussion
    Piano

    DETOURS, the debut Big Round Records release from percussionist Joe Porter and pianist Joel Goodfellow, showcases the jazz duo's capacity for collaboration and improvisation, with animated and dynamic versions of well-known film and literary compositions.

  • Evolution

    Evolution

    Catalog #: BR8931

    Release Date: April 29, 2014

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Electroacoustic
    Electronic
    Piano

    EVOLUTION, the debut release from composer and performer Svjetlana Bukvich on Big Round Records, showcases five original electro-acoustic compositions that incorporate elements of prog-rock, avant-garde, experimental, jazz and world music. Integrating cutting-edge technology with tuning of her own design and her deep classical roots, Bukvich's hybrid sound tells stories of love, loss, trial and triumph in a bold yet sensuous style, breaking boundaries every step of the way.

  • From The Spirit

    From the Spirit

    Catalog #: BR8934

    Release Date: May 27, 2014

    21st Century
    Jazz
    Guitar
    Piano
    Saxophone

    Birdland. The Village Vanguard. The Jazz Standard. Just a few of the New York clubs that have saturated the city's streets with the smooth sounds of jazz. Within this tradition, New York-native pianist and composer Bunny Beck presents seven cool and swinging original compositions as well as an arrangement of Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" on her second release on Big Round Records, FROM THE SPIRIT. Featuring saxophonist Matt Blostein, guitarist Ed MacEachen, bassist Tom Hubbard, and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza, with Bunny Beck on piano, the Bunny Beck Jazz Ensemble highlights crisp and expressive improvisations while occasionally breaking into Latin rhythms. This album captures the relaxed and refined atmosphere emanating from those New York clubs.

  • Goin Home A Retrospective

    Goin’ Home: A Retrospective

    Catalog #: BR8946

    Release Date: June 10, 2016

    21st Century
    Jazz
    Cello
    Percussion
    Piano

    GOIN’ HOME… A RETROSPECTIVE is pianist and composer Gay Pearson’s second release on Big Round Records. The album is a live recording of her most recent annual chamber-jazz concert, featuring an eclectic ensemble with Gay Pearson on piano, John Lockwood on bass, Phil McGowan on drums, Tracy McMullen on saxophone, Lea Pearson on flute, and Shannon Allen on cello. This varied ensemble performs a wide variety of music with different instrumental combinations, from Astor Piazzolla to classic tunes of Chick Corea, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern, to more contemporary original compositions by Pearson herself.

  • Homeward Bound

    Homeward Bound

    Catalog #: BR8930

    Release Date: October 29, 2013

    21st Century
    Folk Music
    Chamber
    Vocal Music
    Flute
    Piano
    Voice

    HOMEWARD BOUND, the new album from The Larksong Trio (Peggo Horstmann Hodes singing soprano, Jennifer Yeaton-Parris playing the flute, and Calvin Herst on the piano), is a heart-warming collection of art songs, love songs, and American and Celtic folk songs.

  • I am Not A Virus

    I Am Not A Virus

    Catalog #: BR8966

    Release Date: March 12, 2021

    21st Century
    Jazz
    Piano
    Saxophone
    Trumpet

    I AM NOT A VIRUS from composer Jordan VanHemert and Big Round Records, is a collection of contemporary music uniquely fitting for this unprecedented juncture in human history. Called an "excellent outing" by jazz historian Scott Yanow, the collection of lively, piano-driven jazz band performances takes inspiration from a wide swath of timely subjects—everything from the coronavirus pandemic to racially charged police killings and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.

  • Improvised Pieces For Trio

    Improvised Pieces for Trio

    Catalog #: BR8904

    Release Date: January 1, 2010

    21st Century
    Avant-Garde
    Chamber
    Cello
    Percussion
    Piano

    Sebastiano Meloni composer, piano Adriano Orru composer, double bass Tony Oxley composer, drums

  • LA SPERANZA

    La Speranza

    Catalog #: BR8962

    Release Date: November 20, 2020

    21st Century
    Solo Instrumental
    Piano

    Composer and songwriter Elaine Freeman and Big Round Records present LA SPERANZA, a careful selection of piano music, composed by ear, memory and touch without sheet music. Not quite classical, not quite pop, these pieces have the ability to appeal to both the casual listener and fans of musical minimalism.

  • Manhattan Projections

    Manhattan Projections

    Catalog #: BR8922

    Release Date: April 24, 2012

    20th Century
    Jazz
    Percussion
    Piano
    Saxophone

    Big Round Records is proud to announce its reissue of Andy Jaffe's MANHATTAN PROJECTIONS, an album of the jazz composer/pianist's works for small band repertoire. This rerelease of the jazz classic includes the original seven works from the 1984 debut, the McDaniels session tracks from the 2001 Playscape reissue, plus three bonus tracks from the Tom McClung-Andy Jaffe piano trio exclusive to this release.