Long Running Canadian Jazz, Blues & Gospel Label Justin Time Records Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Submitted by Sandy Graham

August 22, 2023 the long-running Canadian jazz, blues and gospel label Justin Time Records celebrated its 40th Anniversary and releases 40 Years of Justin Time Records, a compilation of 40-songs from quintessential releases past and present.

Founded in Montreal in 1983 by Jim West, Justin Time began its renowned history by releasing the first recording from jazz pianist and 2023 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee Oliver Jones. Now 40 years later with over 600 recordings released by some of the finest musicians in the world, Canada’s premiere jazz, blues and gospel label celebrates this milestone as an homage to the passion and diversity that are the cornerstones of the label. The Anniversary Collection features selections from the label’s roster past and present, including Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee, the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Diana Krall, David Murray, Oscar Peterson, Susie Arioli, Frank Marino, Christine Jensen, David Clayton-Thomas, Hank Jones, Halie Loren, Paul Bley and many more.

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Label founder Jim West reflects, “It’s hard to believe over 40 years have passed since the birth of Justin Time Records and the launch of its first recording, the Oliver Jones Trio ‘Live at Biddles Jazz & Ribs.’ Over the label’s history we are looking at more than 600 album releases with some of the best musicians in the business. It is so important for me to note, and very proudly so, that our first three signings, Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee and Trevor W. Payne and the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir are still with us today and great friends with whom we talk daily. Other musical talents such as the late great Oscar Peterson, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Kenny Werner, Diana Krall, World Saxophone Quartet, Fontella Bass, David Murray, Billy Bang, Susie Arioli, Bryan Lee, Matt Herskowitz, Carol Welsman, Dave Van Ronk, Rob McConnell, David Clayton-Thomas, Frank Marino and Hank Jones amongst many others have blessed the label with their talents. Added to this list are a new generation of artists such Emma Frank, Katherine Penfold, Halie Loren and Laura Anglade to name a few. How lucky we have been.”

In 2016, the Montreal International Jazz Festival presented Jim West with the Bruce Lundvall Award, named after the late American Blue Note executive and presented to a person from the media or music industry who has made a significant contribution to the development of jazz. In 2018, he received the Builder Award from the Canadian Independent Music Association’s CIMA Award, and in 2022 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the Canadian recording industry, and for supporting and championing our country’s talent.

Justin Time Records 40th Anniversary Collection Track List:

1.  Oliver Jones – Blues For Helene

2.  Ranee Lee – I’ve Got The World On A String

3.  Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir – Goin’ Up Yonder

4.  Diana Krall – Straighten Up and Fly Right

5.  Billy Bang – Reflections

6.  Quartango – Androgyne

7.  Brian Hughes – Promise You

8.  Carol Welsman – What A Fool Believes

9.  Lorraine Klaasen – Pata Pata

10. Halie Loren – Waiting In Vain

11. Laura Anglade & Sam Kirmayer – J’aime Paris au mois de mai

12. Jean-Michel Pilc – Your Lullaby

13. Paul Bley – Lucky

14. Susie Arioli – Pennies from Heaven

15. Hank Jones – Pauletta

16. David Murray – Giant Steps

17. World Saxophone Quartet – Hey Joe

18. Brandi Disterheft – Blues For Nelson Mandela

19. Taurey Butler – Swappin’ Lies

20. Denny Christianson – Looking for the Back Door

21. Bryan Lee – Louisiana Woman

22. Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush – Red House

23. Emma Frank – Steady

24. Kitt – (I Would Be) Grateful

25. Jeri Brown – The Twelfth of Never

26. David Clayton-Thomas – (You’ve Made Me So) Very Happy

27. D.D. Jackson – Peace Song

28. Dave Young – OP&D

29. Little Animal! – Twindle

30. Coral Egan – State of Grace

31. Hugh Ragin – An Afternoon in Harlem

32. Hilario Durán – Autumn Nocturne

33. Oscar Peterson – Surrey With the Fringe on Top

34. John Stetch – Autumn In New York

35. Christine Jensen – Day Moon

36. Michael Marcus – The Legend of Hale-Bopp

37. Sonny Greenwich – Bird of Paradise

38. Nelson Symonds – Getting Personal

39. Alex Pangman – When I Get Low I Get High

40. Matt Herskowitz – Tribute to John Coates