DIW Records

DIW Records is a Japanese record label specializing in avant-garde jazz. It is a subsidiary of Disk Union.[1][2] Kazunori Sugiyama was an executive producer for the label before starting Tzadik Records with John Zorn.

DIW Records
Parent companyDisk Union
Genreavant-garde jazz
Country of originJapan

DIW's name stands for "Discs in the World" and is from a music magazine sold at Disk Union stores that announced the latest releases from American and European labels.[2] Wilber Morris recorded the first album for DIW in 1983 in New York City. The catalogue includes music by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Lester Bowie, James Carter, Steve Grossman, Harold Mabern, David Murray, James Blood Ulmer, David S. Ware, Rodney Whitaker, and John Zorn.[2]


DIW-303J. R. MonteroseStraight Ahead
DIW-311Blossom DearieBlossom Dearie Sings Rootin' Songs
DIW-312Jaco Pastorius/Pat Metheny/Bruce Ditmas/Paul BleyJaco
DIW-319Paul BleyAlone, Again
DIW-320Eric DolphyLast Recordings
DIW-321Francisco Mondragon Rio featuring Jaco PastoriusNatural
DIW-325Monica ZetterlundSpring Is Here
DIW-329Gil Evans OrchestraLittle Wing
DIW-330Albert Ayler QuartetThe Hilversum Session
DIW-331Al HaigToday!
DIW-335Kaoru AbeLast Date
DIW-349Albert AylerThe First Recordings Vol. 2
DIW-355Sonny MurraySonny's Time Now
DIW-356Marion BrownLive in Japan
DIW-357Milford GravesMeditation Among Us
DIW-358Derek BaileyDuo & Trio Improvisation
DIW-359Doug HammondSpaces
DIW-371Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 1
DIW-372Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 2
DIW-373Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 3
DIW-374Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 4
DIW-375Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 5
DIW-376Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 6
DIW-377Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 7
DIW-378Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 8
DIW-379Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 9
DIW-380Kaoru AbeSolo Live at Gaya, Vol. 10
DIW-388Sun Ra ArkestraLive from Soundscape
DIW-389MaterialLive from Soundscape
DIW-395 / 8Muhal Richard Abrams etc.Interpretations Of Monk (4CD)
DIW-389Frank Lowe QuintetLive from Soundscape
DIW-400James Blood UlmerAre You Glad to Be in America?
DIW-401Arthur Rhames TrioLive from Soundscape
DIW-403James Blood UlmerTales of Captain Black
DIW-405Various ArtistsHells Kitchen: Live from Soundscape
DIW-406Various ArtistsBack on 52nd Street
DIW-415Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru AbeKaitaitekikoukan
DIW-416Robert MussoInnermideum
DIW-420Ground ZeroPlays Standards
DIW-453Toshinori KondoNerve Tripper
DIW-458Kaoru AbeThe Last Recording
DIW-462AyiboboStone Voudou
DIW-466Willie OteriSpiral Out
DIW-486Tommy FlanaganTommy Flanagan Plays the Music of Harold Arlen
DIW-601James Williams, Richard Davis, Ronnie BurrageI Remember Clifford
DIW-602Michel Sardaby TrioNight Blossom
DIW-603Stanley Cowell TrioClose to You Alone
DIW-604Ronnie Mathews TrioDark Before the Dawn
DIW-605Walter Bishop, Jr. TrioWhat's New
DIW-606George Cables TrioNight and Day
DIW-607Chris Anderson TrioBlues One
DIW-608Harold Mabern TrioStraight Street
DIW-609Geoff Keezer TrioWorld Music
DIW-610Rahn Burton TrioThe Poem
DIW-611Richard Wyands TrioThe Arrival
DIW-612Ronnie Mathews TrioLament for Love
DIW-613Memphis Piano Convention-same-
DIW-614Harold Mabern TrioLookin' on the Bright Side
DIW-615Jack Wilson TrioIn New York
DIW-616The Contemporary Piano EnsembleThe Key Players
DIW-617Robert Hurst Trio (feat. Kenny Kirkland)One For Namesake
DIW-618Craig Taborn TrioCraig Taborn Trio
DIW-619Misha Mengelberg TrioNo Idea
DIW-620David HazeltineThe Classic Trio
DIW-621Harold Mabern TrioMabern's Grooveyard
DIW-622Harold Mabern TrioMaya with Love
DIW-623James Williams Magical TrioAwesome
DIW-624Taylor Eigsti TrioTaylor's Dream
DIW-625David KikoskiComfortable
DIW-626Sean WaylandColossus of Rhodes
DIW-627Helge Lien TrioSpiral Circle
DIW-628Mike NockChanging Seasons
DIW-630Helge Lien TrioAsymmetrics
DIW-631Hakuei Kim TrioOpen the Green Door
DIW-632Helge Lien TrioTo the Little Radio
DIW-633Hakuei Kim TrioHome Beyond the Cloud
DIW-634Hakuei Kim TrioShadow of Time
DIW-801PhalanxOriginal Phalanx
DIW-802David MurrayRecording N.Y.C. 1986
DIW-803Steve GrossmanStandards
DIW-804Art Ensemble of ChicagoAncient to the Future
DIW-805Richard Davis, Roland Hanna and Frederick WaitsPersia My Dear
DIW-806Dusko GoykovichCelebration
DIW-807Stanley Cowell, Frederick Waits and Buster WilliamsWe Three
DIW-808Trio Transition (Reggie Workman, Freddie Waits & Mulgrew Miller)Trio Transition
DIW-809Wilber Morris, David Murray & Dennis CharlesWilber Force
DIW-811Steve GrossmanKatonah
DIW-812John Hicks With David MurraySketches of Tokyo
DIW-814David MurrayLovers
DIW-815/16Art Ensemble of ChicagoThe Complete Live in Japan
DIW-817John HicksInc. 1
DIW-818Art Ensemble of ChicagoNaked
DIW-819David Murray & Jack DeJohnetteIn Our Style
DIW-820Takeo MoriyamaLive at Lovely
DIW-821Lester Bowie's New York Organ EnsembleThe Organizer
DIW-823John Hicks Quartet featuring Bobby WatsonNaima's Love Song
DIW-824Sun Ra ArkestraCosmo Omnibus Imagiable Illusion
DIW-825Music Revelation EnsembleMusic Revelation Ensemble
DIW-826PhalanxIn Touch
DIW-827PDB (feat. Jaco Pastorius, Hilam Bullock, Kenwood Dennard)-same-
DIW-828John Hicks TrioEast Side Blues
DIW-829Trio TransitionTrio Transition with Special Guest Oliver Lake
DIW-830David MurrayDeep River
DIW-831Essence (feat. Jaco Pastorius)Last Flight
DIW-832Art Ensemble of ChicagoThe Alternate Express
DIW-833Geri Allen, Charlie Haden & Paul MotianSegments
DIW-834Lester Bowie's Brass FantasySerious Fun
DIW-835Lester Bowie's Brass FantasyMy Way
DIW-836Clifford JordanFour Play
DIW-837Art Ensemble of Chicago with AmabuthoArt Ensemble of Soweto
DIW-839Music Revelation EnsembleElec. Jazz
DIW-840David MurrayBallads
DIW-841David MurraySpirituals
DIW-842Art Ensemble of Chicago & Lester Bowie's Brass FantasyLive at the 6th Tokyo Music Joy
DIW-843David Murray feat. McCoy Tyner & Elvin JonesSpecial Quartet
DIW-844Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra (feat. Branford Marsalis)Dream Keeper
DIW-845James Blood UlmerBlack and Blues
DIW-846Art Ensemble of Chicago with Cecil TaylorThelonious Sphere Monk: Dreaming of the Masters Series Vol. 2
DIW-847Geri Allen, Charlie Haden & Paul MotianLive at the Village Vanguard
DIW-848Art Ensemble Of SowetoAmerica - South Africa
DIW-849David Murray QuintetRemembrances
DIW-850David Murray QuartetShakill's Warrior
DIW-851David Murray Big Band Conducted By Lawrence "Butch" MorrisDavid Murray Big Band
DIW-852Pink Inc. (feat. Jamaaladeen Tacuma)-same-
DIW-853Lester Bowie's New York Organ EnsembleFunky T. Cool T.
DIW-854Art Ensemble of ChicagoDreaming of the Masters Suite
DIW-855Music Revelation EnsembleAfter Dark
DIW-856David S. WareFlight of I
DIW-857Peter Brötzmann, Shoji Hano, Tetsu Yamauchi, Haruhiko GotsuDare Devil
DIW-858Andrew Cyrille QuintetMy Friend Louis
DIW-859Rinde Eckert (feat. Bill Frisell)Finding My Way Home
DIW-860Strata Institute (feat. Steve Coleman & Greg Osby)Transmigration
DIW-861David Murray Quartet +1 (feat. Branford Marsalis)Fast Life
DIW-862Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding SocietyRaven Roc
DIW-863Cassandra Wilson (feat. Jean-Paul Bourelly)Dance to the Drums Again
DIW-864M-Base Collective (feat. Steve Coleman & Cassandra Wilson)Anatomy of a Groove
DIW-865Steve Coleman & Dave HollandPhase Space
DIW-866David Murray QuartetDeath of a Sideman
DIW-867David Murray & Milford GravesReal Deal
DIW-868James Williams (feat. Joe Henderson)James Williams Meets the Saxophone Masters
DIW-869James Blood UlmerBlues Preacher
DIW-870David S. WareThird Ear Recitation
DIW-871Geoff KeezerOther Spheres
DIW-872Jean-Paul Bourelly & The Blue Wave BanditsSaints & Sinners
DIW-873Robert Hurst (feat. Branford Marsalis)Robert Hurst Presents
DIW-874Memphis Convention (feat. George Coleman & James Williams)-same-
DIW-875James Carter QuartetJC on the Set
DIW-876Harold Mabern (feat. Ron Carter & Jack DeJohnette)The Leading Man
DIW-878James Blood UlmerHarmolodic Guitar with Strings
DIW-879David Murray OctetPicasso
DIW-880David Murray QuartetBallads for Bass Clarinet
DIW-881David Murray QuartetTenors
DIW-882James WilliamsUp to the Minute Blues
DIW-883Jean-Paul Bourelly & The Bluwave BanditsBlackadelic-Blu
DIW-884David Murray QuartetShakill's II
DIW-885Music Revelation EnsembleIn the Name of...
DIW-886James Carter QuartetJurassic Classics
DIW-887James Williams Sextet featuring Clark TerryTalkin' Trash
DIW-888John ZornMasada: Alef
DIW-889John ZornMasada: Beit
DIW-890John ZornMasada: Gimel
DIW-891David MurrayThe Tip
DIW-892David S. Ware QuartetEarthquation
DIW-893Jean-Paul BourellyTribute to Jimi
DIW-894David MurrayJug-A-Lug
DIW-895Ronald Shannon JacksonWhat Spirit Say
DIW-896John Patton QuartetMinor Swing
DIW-897David Murray Big BandSouth of the Border
DIW-899John ZornMasada: Hei
DIW-900John ZornMasada: Vav
DIW-901David Murray QuartetFor Aunt Louise
DIW-902Marc RibotDon't Blame Me
DIW-903ArcanaThe Last Wave
DIW-904Jamaaladeen TacumaDreamscape
DIW-905Music Revelation EnsembleKnights of Power
DIW-906David MurrayDavid Murray/James Newton Quintet
DIW-907Rodney WhitakerChildren of the Light
DIW-908David MurrayDavid Murray Quintet with Ray Anderson & Anthony Davis
DIW-909Lisle Ellis, Lawrence Ochs, Donald RobinsonWhat We Live
DIW-910James Blood UlmerMusic Speaks Louder Than Words
DIW-912Steve GrossmanHold the Line
DIW-913Ronald Shannon JacksonShannon's House
DIW-914Vincent ChanceyNext Mode
DIW-915John ZornMasada: Zayin
DIW-916David S. WareGodspelized
DIW-917Roberto Ottaviano & Mal WaldronBlack Spirits Are Here Again
DIW-918Greg CohenWay Low
DIW-919John Patton QuintetThis One's for Ja
DIW-920Dougie Bowne TrioOne Way Elevator
DIW-921David Murray QuartetLove and Sorrow
DIW-922Berlin Contemporary Jazz OrchestraLive in Japan 1996
DIW-923John ZornMasada: Dalet
DIW-924Michael Weiss QuartetPower Station
DIW-925John ZornMasada: Het
DIW-926Jef Lee JohnsonCommunion
DIW-927Music Revelation EnsembleCross Fire
DIW-928Greg CohenMoment to Moment
DIW-929Rodney WhitakerHidden Kingdom
DIW-930David Murray QuartetLong Goodbye: A Tribute to Don Pullen
DIW-931Billy HarperIf Our Hearts Could Only See
DIW-932James Blood UlmerForbidden Blues
DIW-933John ZornMasada: Tet
DIW-934Dave DouglasMoving Portrait
DIW-935John ZornMasada: Yod
DIW-936New York Art Quartet35th Reunion
DIW-937James Williams All-StarsClassic Encounters!
DIW-938Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, Shoji HanoShadows
DIW-939Lee KonitzSome New Stuff
DIW-940Ali/Belogenis/MorrisLive at Tonic
DIW-941David Kikoski QuintetThe 5
DIW-942Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz QuintetLive
DIW-943Sumi JunkoGhin-Ghin Ghira-Ghira
DIW-944Louie BelogenisTwice Told Tales
DIW-945George Robert & Kenny BarronPeace
DIW-946Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz QuintetTails Out
DIW-947George Robert feat. Kenny BarronSoul Searching
J-1001Masahiro Yoshida, Allen Farnham & Ray DrummondUno


  1. "DIW". Downtown Music Gallery. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007.
  2. Sugiyama, Kazunori (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 620. ISBN 1561592846.
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