Original Jazz Classics

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

Art Pepper

Art Pepper

There was nothing halfway about alto saxophonist Art Pepper (1925-82). He claimed to have never studied or practiced his horn; disdained inevitable comparisons with Charlie Parker yet embraced the later expressive discoveries of John Coltrane in advance of most of the jazz world.

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Chet Baker

Chet Baker

Few musicians have embodied the romantic, and ultimately tragic, jazz figure as totally as Chesney "Chet" Baker (1929-88). Unschooled yet eloquent in his music, the Baker mystique has only reinforced one of the most haunting trumpet styles and ingenuous approaches to jazz singing.

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Bill Evans

Bill Evans

Few musicians seemed less likely to make an impact on the New York jazz scene in the late Fifties than Bill Evans(1929-80), whose introspective solos and delicate touch were far removed from what was commonly considered "hard bop."

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis

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.

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