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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.

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