When a label called “Fantasy” releases a CD series calls “Plays for Lovers” it would not be odd for your jazz-obsessed mind to wander toward something just a little more lusty for a second. But snap back to attention, Jazzbo, because there’s no wacka-wacka guitar to be found on these discs.
“Plays for Lovers” is Fantasy Jazz’s entry into the popular chilled-out jazz comps that labels like 32 Jazz and Verve have had mucho success with in recent years. And while it might seem like a bandwagon thing, the Fantasy folks point out that one of the labels under its umbrella, Prestige, actually had a “Plays for Lovers” series in the 1960s. So take that! Fantasy is O.G. when it comes to compiling Tha Love!
In the 1960s edition of “Plays for Lovers,” conceived and compiled by Prestige’s then-president Bob Weinstock, there were five LPs, each compiling the luver-li-est tracks by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Mose Allison, Yusef Lateef and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Miles Davis and John Coltrane kick off the 2000s edition of the series, with tracks chosen by industry veteran Richard Seidel. You can find out more info about the tracks for the Miles comp by clicking here and for the Trane set by clicking here.
If you ain’t got enough lovin’ by the fall, don’t fret: Fantasy is going to help you score by releasing two more “Plays for Lovers” discs, by Blue Mitchell and Barney Kessel (pictured), respectively. (And who doesn’t like to get their swerve on with some Kessel swaying in the background?)Originally Published