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Prestige Box Review

Fifty years old.From its inception in 1949 through the 50s and 60s, Prestige Records recorded many of the young players who would become among the most influential musicians in jazz--Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Roland Kirk, George Benson and Gil Evans are among them. Just as significant was the label's dedication to recording jazz artists playing out of blues and R&B traditions. Gene Ammons, Shirley Scott, Jack McDuff, Willis Jackson, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Etta Jones, Mose Allison and King Pleasure provided not only a soulful groove but more than a few hits for the label. Jones' "Don't Go To Strangers", Pleasure's "Moody's Mood" and Ammon's "Canadian Sunset" are among them. This was music that always had an audience no matter where the cutting edge of jazz was drifting. Celebrating the label's 50th Birthday Fantasy, which purchased the label in 1971, is issuing a four-disk box (4PRCD-4426-2) "The Prestige Records Story." Produced by Prestige founder Bob Weinstock, Ralph Kaffel and Bob Porter, the box will include a 100-page booklet written by Porter. The box's complete track listing