Like several other prominent jazz producers of the fifties, Prestige founder Bob Weinstock started out as a traditional jazz (New Orleans/Dixieland) 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 Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, and the Modern Jazz Quartet, often in informal “blowing” sessions. Weinstock turned over the reins to other producers in 1958, and Prestige soon became the leading purveyor of soul jazz (also known as acid jazz) with its recordings of Jack McDuff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Charles Earland, and others.
In early 2006, under the auspices of Concord Music Group, Prestige launched the critically acclaimed Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series—a collection of reissues of some of the most iconic albums in the Prestige catalog, carefully remastered from the original analog master tapes with 24-bit digital technology by the legendary and original recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder. This popular series has grown to more than 60 volumes, boasting the definitive editions of some of the most important recordings in the history of jazz.
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