08/13/14

Prestige Records to Issue Miles & Coltrane Box Sets

Packages are part of the label’s 65th anniversary celebration

Prestige Records will release two retrospective box sets featuring the recordings made by John Coltrane and Miles Davis for the label. Part of Prestige’s 65th anniversary celebration, the two packages are due out on Aug. 26.

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 Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Zoot Sims, Red Garland and others.

Davis’ 8-disc set includes his entire output for Prestige. 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. Featured in this collection, in addition to Davis, are Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins and Lee Konitz.

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John Coltrane with Miles Davis, Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY 1958
By Aram Avakian
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John Coltrane, Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ 1957
By Esmond Edwards

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