|Founder Leo Feigin|
Country of origin UK
Date founded 1980
Location London, England
|Headquarters Kingskerswell, United Kingdom|
Albums The Ways of Freedom, Lift & Poise, Snakish, Jazz Limbo
Artists Vyacheslav Ganelin, Sun Ra, Joe Morris, Marilyn Crispell, Ganelin Trio
Leo Records is a British record company and label which releases jazz from Russian, American, and British musicians. It concentrates on free jazz.
Leo Records was founded in 1979 by Leo Feigin (also known under his broadcasting name Aleksei Leonidov), a Russian immigrant to Britain. The label was particularly associated with establishing the world reputation of the Ganelin Trio during the 1970s and 1980s.
It is generally associated with more experimental releases. The label has a close relationship with the artists who release material on the label; it does not sign artists to contracts, but releases their material on a single-album basis. By 2010 there were over 700 titles in Leo Records catalogue. Leo Records comprises four labels: Leo Records, Leo Lab (Leo Records Laboratory), Golden Years of New Jazz, and FeetFirst records.
This label is different from the Leo Records that was formed by Edward Vesala in Helsinki, Finland, in 1978.