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Reissue Patrol

The reissue machine at Columbia/Legacy has no OFF button. It’s been chugging away for years, receiving original session tapes, re-mastering the music encoded on them and spitting out shiny silver discs with fancy packaging and new liner notes. Sometimes the ol’ contraption even finds the tracks Columbia forgot to put on the albums the first time around and includes them as a special bonus. These days, after creating fantastic Essential collections of Sly and the Family Stone and the Clash, the machine is back to processing jazz masters and will deliver classic jazz disc after classic jazz disc all summer long.

Some of these reissues push our buttons more than others. For instance, we’re watching our mailbox for the advance copy forthcoming, five-CD Miles Davis box set The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions, due in September. And a properly re-mastered version of Stan Getz’s Captain Marvel (due June 17), as well as as four Monk discs, will likely see extended play on our stereos. A pristine-sounding copy of Jan Hammer’s 1975 synthesizer wank-fest The First Seven Days we could probably do without, but if strap-on keyboards are your thing, give Chick Corea a call and head on down to Borders with him on June 17 to pick up that little gem.

The machine’s been having trouble getting the complete versions of Miles Davis’ At the Blackhawk just the way it likes, and the release dates for both the Friday and Saturday night discs have been bumped up a couple times since we first heard of their eventual reissue. According to legacyrecordings.com, the historic Blackhawk concerts will come out June 3, with previously unissued versions of “If I Were a Bell,” “The Theme,” “Neo,” “I Thought About You,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Walkin’,” and seven other performances that make up almost all of disc two on the Saturday night set. That sounds like enough to work to bust the reissue-o-matic’s every gear.

Complete list of scheduled Columbia/Legacy reissues:

Miles Davis In Person Friday Night at the Blackhawk Complete June 3

Miles Davis In Person Saturday Night at the Blackhawk Complete June 3

Count Basie & His Orchestra America’s #1 June 3

Maynard Ferguson Conquistador June 17

Jan Hammer The First Seven Days June 17

Lee Ritenour The Best of Lee Ritenour June 17

Stan Getz Captain Marvel June 17

Maynard Ferguson Chameleon June 17

Mahavishnu Orchestra Between Nothingness & Eternity June 17

Thelonious Monk It’s Monk Time Aug 19

Thelonious Monk Solo Monk Aug 19

Thelonious Monk Underground Aug 19

Thelonious Monk Criss Cross Aug 19

Herbie Hancock VSOP-Live Under The Sky Aug 19

Miles Davis The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (5 cds) Sept

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