Concord Music Group plans to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Prestige Records by reissuing 60 albums digitally and by releasing more than 30 classic albums on vinyl. Also due are a new video series and a new website dedicated to the jazz label. Finally, the anniversary year will culminate with a 90th birthday celebration honoring the famed recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who worked extensively with Prestige artists.
Digital releases include Soultrane (John Coltrane); Saxophone Colossus (Sonny Rollins); Cookin’ With Miles Davis Quintet (Miles Davis Quintet); Outward Bound (Eric Dolphy), We Three (Roy Haynes, Phineas Newborn, Paul Chambers); At Ease With Coleman Hawkins (Coleman Hawkins) and more. Vinyl reissues include Mose Allison Sings (Mose Allison); The Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Cookbook, Vol. 1 (Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis); Thelonious Monk Trio (Thelonious Monk Trio) and more.
In addition, Concord has produced a video series titled Prestige Lives!, which, according to a press release, “will present both contemporary and legendary artists discussing the label’s influence and the essential contribution of engineer Van Gelder.” Created by Bret Primack, the videos are being made available on a special website. Prestige merchandise is available with select vendors around the globe, and live events celebrating Van Gelder and Prestige Records will be announced soon.