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The Prestige Records Story [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Subconscious Lee - Lee Konitz/Lennie Tristano
    2. Four and One Moore - Al Cohn/Allen Eager/Stan Getz/Zoot Sims/Brew Moore
    3. Twisted - Wardell Gray
    4. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm - Sonny Stitt
    5. Blues Up and Down - Gene Ammons (Take 3)
    6. I'm in the Mood for Love - James Moody
    7. Moody's Mood for Love - King Pleasure
    8. Twisted - Annie Ross
    9. Dig - Miles Davis
    10. 'Round Midnight - Jimmy Raney/Stan Getz
    11. Serpent's Tooth, The - Miles Davis (Take 1)
    12. Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk
    13. Bags' Groove - Miles Davis (Take 2)
    14. My Funny Valentine - Milt Jackson
    15. Doxy - Miles Davis
    16. Django - The Modern Jazz Quartet
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Disappointed - James Moody
    2. Walkin' - Miles Davis Sextet
    3. St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins
    4. Pent-Up House - Sonny Rollins
    5. Well, You Needn't - Miles Davis Quintet
    6. On a Misty Night - Tadd Dameron
    7. If I Were a Bell - Red Garland
    8. Nobody's Heart - Gil Evans
    9. Russian Lullaby - John Coltrane
    10. In the Kitchen - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Canadian Sunset - Gene Ammons
    2. Trouble Is a Man - Coleman Hawkins
    3. Very Saxy - Coleman Hawkins/Arnett Cobb/Buddy Tate/Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
    4. Seventh Son, The - Mose Allison
    5. G.W. - Eric Dolphy
    6. Kirk's Work - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
    7. Soul Street - Jimmy Forrest/King Curtis/Oliver Nelson
    8. Don't Go to Strangers - Etta Jones
    9. Hip Soul - Shirley Scott
    10. This'll Get to Ya - Willis "Gator" Jackson
    11. Rock Candy - Jack McDuff
    12. Troubled Times - Willis "Gator" Jackson
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Ca' Purange (Jungle Soul) - Gene Ammons
    2. Sweet Alice Blues - George Benson
    3. Misty - Richard "Groove" Holmes
    4. I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free) - Illinois Jacquet
    5. Smile - Sonny Criss
    6. Fried Bananas - Dexter Gordon
    7. Jamilah - Houston Person
    8. Jungle Strut - Gene Ammons
    9. More Today Then Yesterday - Charles Earland
    10. Soul Liberation - Rusty Bryant
    11. No Way - Boogaloo Joe Jones
    12. You Talk That Talk - Gene Ammons
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4426

  • Credits
    EngineerDoug Hawkins; Tom Dowd; Bob Lee

    Compilation producers: Ralph Kaffel, Bob Porter, Bob Weinstock.
    Includes liner notes by Scott Yanow, Bob Porter and interviews of Bob Weinstock, Ira Gitler, Esmond Edwards, Don Schlitten, Ozzie Cadena, Bob Porter, Ron Eyre, Jack Maher, Joe Goldberg, Joe Fields and Ralph Kaffel conducted by Lee Hildebrand.
    Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
    Personnel: Mose Allison (vocals, piano); Eddie Jefferson, Etta Jones, Annie Ross (vocals); George Freeman, Jimmy Raney, Melvin Sparks, Pat Martino, Bill Jennings, Billy Bauer , Skeeter Best, Gene Edwards (guitar); Bucky Pizzarelli (Spanish guitar); Frank Wess, Jerome Richardson (flute); Dave Kurtzer (bassoon); Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone); Rahsaan Roland Kirk (manzello, tenor saxophone, siren); James Moody (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Dolphy, Lem Davis, Jackie McLean, Sonny Criss, Buddy Tate (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, Al Chon, Gene Ammons, Grover Washington, Jr., Houston Person, Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Forrest, John Coltrane, King Curtis, Allen Eager, Red Holloway, Rusty Bryant, Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, Wardell Gray, Willis "Gator" Jackson, Ray Abrams, Brew Moore, Charlie Parker (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Clifford Brown , Louis Mucci, Dave Burns, Frank Robinson, Merrill Stepter, Freddie Hubbard, Leppe Sundevall, Joe Newman , Miles Davis, Virgil Jones (trumpet); Willie Ruff (French horn); William Shepherd , Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Bart Varsalona (bass trombone); Jimmy Boyd , Gil Evans, Hall Overton, Hank Jones , Horace Silver, Thore Swanerud, Jaki Byard, Walter Bishop, Sr., Gene Casey, Al Haig, Lennie Tristano, Milt Buckner, Red Garland, Richard Wyands, Richie Powell, Thelonious Monk, Tommy Flanagan, Bud Powell (piano); Jack McDuff, Leon Spencer, Shirley Scott, Sonny Phillips, Charles Earland (organ); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Teddy Lee, Frank Isola, Clarence Johnston, Charles Perry, Yusef Ali, Frankie Jones, Anders Burman, Idris Muhammad, Alvin Johnson, Jimmie Smith , Joe Dukes, Kenny Clarke, Alan Dawson , Max Roach, Oliver Jackson, Osie Johnson, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Arthur Edgehill, Shelly Manne, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Nick Stabulas, Ronnie Free (drums); Buck Clarke, Montego Joe, Ray Barretto, Buddy Caldwell (congas); Al Hayes (bongos).
    Recording information: Apex Recordings Studios, New York, NY (1949-1971); Stockholm, Sweden (1949-1971); WOR STudios, New York, NY (1949-1971).
    Arranger: Gerry Mulligan.
    Like most of the now-prized jazz labels, Prestige Records sprang from the vision of one man -- a 20-year-old kid, actually -- named Bob Weinstock, who guided the label from its infancy in 1949 until 1971 when he sold out to Fantasy. Although Prestige continued to record for awhile after 1971, Fantasy chose to survey only the Weinstock years in this beautifully put-together four-CD boxed set. Though the tracks are arranged in chronological order, the box neatly divides itself into two stylistic halves. The first two discs contain mostly bebop and hard bop sides from Prestige's first ten years, and you can't help but be dazzled by the number of strong records that this label put out -- with six from Miles Davis alone and plenty of playing time for Sonny Rollins, James Moody, Milt Jackson, and early John Coltrane. Here, some clever sequencing illuminates the period, where Moody's "Moody's Mood for Love" is followed by King Pleasure's vocalese version, and further down the line, we hear Wardell Gray's original "Twisted" and Annie Ross' self-psychoanalysis on the same tune. The last two discs mostly explore an area that at last is starting to receive respect -- Prestige's imposing soul-jazz legacy, where organists like Richard "Groove" Holmes, Brother Jack McDuff, and Charles Earland laid down the groove, and His Majesty Gene Ammons was the reigning soul tenor sax king when he wasn't serving time for drug busts. These sides really cook, and they make you feel good and jiggly all over, evoking their place and time as completely as Johann Strauss' waltzes do for 19th century Vienna. The booklet is an especially refreshing departure from the usual critical routine because it offers a round-robin assortment of voices (including the long-retired Weinstock himself) who offer rarely explored insight into the commercial aspects of the jazz record business -- anecdotes about how records get hot, and how they get airplay and distribution. While there is nothing particularly rare on this set -- only three tracks are new to CD and no outtakes crop up (which figured since many Prestige records were one-take blowing sessions) -- even veteran collectors will appreciate such a concentration of classic stuff in one box. ~ Richard S. Ginell

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (9/3/99, p.71) - "...this set's early highlights - loose, swinging, and honest - are as good as jazz gets." - Rating: B
    Mojo (Publisher) (2/00, p.94) - "...the pre-eminent jazz independents of its era....a wonderful place to start exploring a magnificent catalog....a superbly annotated 100-page booklet and excellent mastering..."
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