Prestige

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Prestige

(Est. 1949) Like several other prominent jazz producers of the Fifties, Bob Weinstock started out as a traditional jazz fan but soon found himself standing at the cutting edge of modern jazz. He launched his own label - originally called New Jazz, soon renamed Prestige - in 1949 and, during the next decade, recorded such giants as Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and John Coltrane, often in informal "blowing" sessions. Weinstock turned over the reins over to other producers in 1958, and Prestige soon became the leading purveyor of what is now known as acid jazz with its recordings of Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland, and others. Prestige became part of the Fantasy group of labels in 1972.


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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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Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy

Few musicians heard as much, and could play as much of what they heard, as Eric Dolphy (1928-64). His command stretched beyond the most advanced jazz of his time to encompass the cutting edge of composed music as well, he was the prototype multi-instrumentalist of the modern era.

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John Coltrane

John Coltrane

John Coltrane (1926-67) was the most relentlessly exploratory musician in jazz history. He was always searching, seeking to take his music further in what he quite consciously viewed as a spiritual quest. In terms of public recognition, this quest began relatively late.

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