Original Jazz Classics
(Est. 1982) Created under the Fantasy, Inc. umbrella, Original Jazz Classics has been a tremendously successful program of reissues. Its premise is simple: to present memorable jazz albums with original covers and notes, which have been unavailable for years. The vaults of the Fantasy-affiliated labels Prestige, Galaxy, Milestone, Riverside, Debut, Contemporary, Jazzland and Pablo hold some of the most important jazz ever recorded. Drawing on this wealth of material, Original Jazz Classics has grown to over 1,000 titles.
ORIGINAL JAZZ CLASSICS FEATURED ARTISTS
It appears that Thelonious Monk (1917-82) has only gained stature in the years since his death. Once considered too eccentric and complex to be appreciated by listeners and other musicians, Monk has become a standard of excellence for those who seek to extend the jazz tradition.MORE
Some musicians are sufficiently inspired and influential to be labeled epoch-making. Miles Davis (1926-91) made new jazz epochs every few years. For nearly five decades he was at the center of the music, charting directions and introducing other legendary figures at a rate that is unmatched by his contemporaries in any art form.MORE
Few musicians in jazz history were more innovative, or more unassuming, than guitar legend Wes Montgomery (1923-68). He dispensed with the plectrum and developed an incredible thumb-picking style, and played octave and chordal passages with the fluency and nuance of single lines.MORE