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Oscar Peterson, MJQ Box Sets Out this Fall

Berkeley, Calif.-based Fantasy Records, owner of a jazz vault that includes historic recordings on the Prestige, Pablo and Jazzland/Riverside labels, among many others, is preparing two new box sets for release in the fall. One collects work by the Modern Jazz Quartet and the other is a box o’ Oscar Peterson (pictured).

The MJQ set, due October 21, is a 4-CD collection of material titled The Complete Prestige & Pablo Recordings. Without any other info to guide us, we have to assume that means the box will contain the MJQ output for Prestige from 1952-55, which documents the replacement of original MJQ drummer Kenny Clarke with Connie Kay, as well as the 1980s recordings for Pablo, the first recordings after the band reunited from a temporary breakup. (MJQ vibraphonist Milt Jackson called it quits in 1974-he was tired of the rigors of touring.)

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