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date: 19 August 2019


  • Gary W. Kennedy


Record label. Its parent company, ACT Music + Vision, was established in 1988 by Siegfried Loch, a former executive at WEA (the European division of Warner Brothers), and Annette Humpe, with the label ACT specializing in pop music. It failed shortly after its inception but was resurrected by Loch around 1992 as a label focusing on jazz. By early 2000 it had issued more than 80 recordings. Initially these were drawn from sessions which Loch had recorded for Liberty, Philips, and WEA, including both reissued material and previously unreleased material by the same artists. Loch then went on to make new recordings by such younger musicians as Nils Landgren and Nguyên Lê. The ACT catalogue also contains previously unreleased blues recordings from European festivals produced by Loch (notably the American Folk Blues festivals in Germany, 1963–5) and recordings of flamenco music.

B. Milkowski: “Label Watch: Loch and Lode: Act Records,” ...

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Jazz Times (Washington, 1980-)