"The Numero Group is an archival record label founded in 2003 in Chicago, Illinois, by Rob Sevier and Ken Shipley. Our mission is dirty and labor-intensive...and it’s urgent as all hell. Time kills off precious bits of passed-over sound, story, and ephemera every day, just as fast as we can haul out of exile our sprawling treasury of under-heard recordings—along with the musicians, writers, and entrepreneurs who created them.
With more than 275 titles in our diverse catalog of LPs, CDs, cassettes, 45s, 12"s, and DVDs, every Numero production is a modest miracle of localized sound creation, a shedding of fresh light on the efforts of men and women who sang, played, recorded, and peddled—largely to shallow rewards, if any. Each track lives and breathes at the nexus of story and song, preserving human work and hope gone lost into freshly etched grooves. Every recording we unearth is painstakingly re-mastered and carefully researched, with obsessive attention to narrative and factual detail unmatched in the so-called reissue field. By self-imposed law, everything numbered by Numero is a stunning new artifact of image and word, tailored to the sounds it safeguards."
Enjoy a set of tunes plus chat with one of the minds behind one of the best reissue labels of lost Funk and Soul, Jon Kirby of Numero Group visits Night School.