THE PRESTIGE 10-INCH LP COLLECTION, VOLS. 1 AND 2. DUE OUT NOVEMBER 28, 2014 AND APRIL 18, 2015
Concord Music Group hasto announced the release of The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vols. 1 and 2, which, in total, comprise all ten of the 10” LPs on which Miles Davis appeared as a leader for Prestige Records in the early ’50s. Miles Davis is one of the most musically influential and most popular artists in the history of jazz, and his legendary Prestige recordings are amongst the all-time classics in the genre. Painstakingly reproduced on 10-inch vinyl, with the original LP cover artwork and liner notes included, these box sets will be sold in very limited quantities, available only at participating Record Store Day retailers. The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 1 [5-LP set] streets November 28th, exclusively for Record Store Day Black Friday, while Vol. 2 [5-LP set] will be released exclusively for Record Store Day 2015, in April. Says Nick Phillips, Concord Music Group’s VP of Catalog Development and the collections’ compilation/reissue producer, “Here’s a rare opportunity to time-travel back to the early ’50s and experience these iconic recordings in the historical context of their original LP album releases—on 10” vinyl, in their original 10” LP sequences, with the details and nuances of the original 10” LP artwork faithfully reproduced right down to the original typographical errors.”
The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 1 presents the first five 10-inch albums on which Miles Davis appeared as a leader for Prestige Records (1951 – 1954). Included are Modern Jazz Trumpets, which also features tracks by fellow jazz trumpet giants Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, and Kenny Dorham; The New Sounds, about which Ira Gitler wrote in the original LP liner notes, “This album gives Miles more freedom than he has ever had on record for time limits were not strictly enforced. There is opportunity to build ideas into a definite cumulative effect…Upon the wonderful rhythmic foundation of Art Blakey’s drums, Tommy Potter’s bass, and Walter Bishop’s piano, tenorman Sonny Rollins and altoman Jackie McLean are able to enjoy some of the unlimited time for their solo efforts.”
Following in the box is Blue Period. In his liner notes for this second LP, Gitler exclaimed, “BLUING, the high spot of this set, is over nine minutes of freedom of expression on modern blues chord changes. At the very end, Art Blakey continues playing after everyone else has stopped. If you listen closely, you will hear Miles say something like, ‘You know that ending man, let’s do it again,’ but why do it again when you've captured the feeling in the solos of Walter Bishop, Miles, Sonny Rollins, Jack McLean, and the inventive drumming of Art Blakey.” Miles Davis Plays the Compositions of Al Cohn follows in the collection, and finally, Miles Davis Quartet, where Davis is joined by the likes of Horace Silver, Max Roach and Art Blakey.
The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2, which will be released on April 18, 2015, presents the final five 10-inch vinyl LP albums on which Miles Davis appeared as a leader for Prestige, all recorded during 1954. Included in the box are Miles Davis All Star Sextet; Miles Davis Quintet; Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins; as well as Miles Davis All Stars, Vol. 1 and Miles Davis All Stars, Vol. 2, about which Gitler wrote, “With Thelonious Monk adding his wry witticisms and rhythmic fillips and the All-American rhythm team of Kenny Clarke and Percy Heath supplying the power, Miles and Milt create an atmosphere rich in idea and warmth.”
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