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Prestige Records Continues Anniversary Year with Coltrane and Davis Box Sets

Jazzed Magazine • News • September 5, 2014

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john-coltraneAdding to Prestige Records’ 65th anniversary celebration this year is the release of two comprehensive retrospectives of John Coltrane and Miles Davis’ recordings on the Prestige label, August 26, 2014. The reissues come in sleek new packaging and are presented in a rigid lift-off lid box.

Coltrane’s 16-disc set was recorded over a 32-month period between 1956 and 1958. The package contains a 32-page booklet, which includes a historical essay from Doug Ramsey and a session-by-session breakdown by Carl Woideck. Featured in this collection, playing alongside Coltrane, are some of the jazz greats, including Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Zoot Sims and Red Garland.

Davis’ 8-disc set includes his entire recordings for the Prestige label. The package contains the 17 recording sessions made between early 1951 and late 1956 and contains a 64-page illustrated booklet that includes rare photographs, full discographical details, and an extensive essay and analysis of each session by Dan Morgenstern, Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Featured in this collection are some of the most influential jazz artists of all time including Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, as well as the original Davis Quintet: John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.

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