GM Recordings, Inc., was founded by music icon Gunther Schuller (1925-2015) in Boston in 1981 to unite discerning and open-minded listeners with accomplished, innovative composers and musicians who might otherwise go unrecorded.
Schuller, a Pulitzer Prize winning recipient of the Down Beat Lifetime Achievement Award and an inaugural inductee of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, was widely known for his holistic view of music, seminal jazz history books, and his role as the father of the Third Stream movement.
With Schullerís expert ear as its guide, GM Recordings was one of the progenitors of the now common independent label concept, releasing over 125 uncompromising jazz, classical, and multi-genre recordings over the last 38 years.
Running the gamut of modern jazz and classical music without regard for the usual commercial trappings, GM has produced several debuts, world premieres, and historical reissues. Throughout the last three decades plus, the label has excelled at documenting the fertile music scenes of Boston, New York and every town inbetween, featuring recording stars like Russell Sherman, Kronos Quartet, Bethany Beardslee, Joe Lovano, Veronica Jochum, Ran Blake, Michael Faust, Fred Hersch, Colin Carr, Dave Douglas, Borromeo String Quartet, Human Feel, Edwin Barker, Billy Hart, Jamie Baum, Rick Todd, Eugene Maslov, Stephanie Jutt, Ed Schuller, Nancy Zeltsman, and Orange Then Blue along with iconic performances from the likes of Louis Krasner, Eric Dolphy, John LaPorta, Harvey Phillips, Joe Wilder, Bill DeArango, John Swallow, Paul Motian, Mili Bermejo, and Rafael Druian, presenting challenging works by composers such as Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Carter, and Babbitt, resurrecting the works of American composers like Scott Joplin, John Knowles Paine, Alec Wilder, David Baker, and Jaki Byard, and spotlighting numerous artists and ensembles that defy categorization.
GMís mission to offer the public music that is increasingly ignored by large commercial labels continues well into the 21st century with samplers, new releases, and reissues to mark almost 39 years of recorded excellence.
With state of the art technology and a history of supporting creative, incomparable musicians, each new release continues to present fascinating challenges for both the casual listener and the music connoisseur.