The EmArcy label is one of the most famous subsidiary labels of Mercury. As similar as precedents EmArcy 16000 Series (10-inch 78rpm / 7-inch single) and EmArcy 26000 Series (10-inch LP), this 36000 Series mainly focused on Modern Jazz, and many historical recordings were taped. Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Sarah Vaughan, Paul Quinichette, Terry Gibbs, Dinah Washington, Herb Geller, and many more legendary musicians left fine recordings on this EmArcy label. At the same time, EmArcy released a number of archival recordings originally from National/Keynote labels (which Mercury bought), French Blue Star/Barclay labels (which Mercury had the contract to release the recordings in the US), and old Mercury Jazz sessions which were recorded before the EmArcy label was born.
The EmArcy's famous logo, with a “drummer” illustration by Arthur Talmadge, is printed on each label and every cover jacket, which declares this subsidiary label is concentrated on Jazz. Some of them are re-issued in the Mercury 20000 series. Stereo issues (as seen in the last few discs) and 2nd issues of monaural edition seem to be released with Mercury/EmArcy labels on the discs, while the disc number was not unchanged.
The name EmArcy came from Mercury Record Corporation (Em-Ar-Cy).
Featuring Clifford Brown & Max Roach, Sarah Vaughan, Erroll Garner, Clark Terry, Dinah Washington, Julian Adderley, Irving Fazola's Dixielanders, Bud Freeman's All Stars, Joe Turner & Pete Johnson, Billy Taylor & Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Ventura & Kai Winding & the Lennie Tristano Trio