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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.)

Dimensions: A Compendium of the Pablo Years collects highlights from pianist Oscar Peterson’s work for the Pablo label, much of which was live material. If the folk at Fantasy have their heads on straight they’ll include a lot of the 1970s O.P. stuff that hasn’t been issued on CD yet, like certain live dates with bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen. Whatever the case, this set is four CDs as well and will be available November 4.

And in case you thought the NoCal misfits at Fantasy were going to finish work on these boxes by the end of June and spend the rest of their summer drinking overpriced beer at Oakland Athletics games, think again. The label has 10 discs from the vault coming out on SACD August 26. Some are jazz, some aren’t so much. A list:

The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Jazz at Oberlin (original number: Fantasy 3245)

Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Concert (Fantasy 4501)

Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy 8431) Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane (Jazzland 946)
Zoot Sims & the Gershwin Brothers (Pablo 2310-944)

Gil Evans And Ten (Prestige 7120)

John Coltrane, Lush Life (Prestige 7188)

Bill Evans, Portrait in Jazz (Riverside 1162)

Wes Montgomery, The Incredible Jazz Guitar (Riverside 1169)

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Session (Stax 7501)

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