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By the late 1950s, trumpeter Miles Davis and saxophonist
Sonny Rollins had already established themselves as two of the most
influential jazz musicians of their generation. Five decades later,
their iconic status is undisputed - not just in jazz, but in the
performing arts in general.
The first glimmers of their greatness were already evident in the
early 1950s, during a series of intermittent sessions they recorded
together for the Prestige label between 1951 and 1956. During this
relatively brief but seminal period, they assimilated the
fundamental elements of bebop - the prevailing jazz language of the
day - and developed distinctive voices that launched brilliant
individual careers and ultimately reverberated throughout jazz for
the next half century and beyond.
Concord Music Group has assembled these Prestige sessions in their
entirety - 25 tracks in all - on a two-disc set entitled
Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins: The Classic Prestige
Sessions, 1951-1956,that showcases the early genius of
these two iconic figures.
"Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins proved to be two of the most
influential artists in the history of jazz, and here we hear them together
early in their respective careers, while both artists were quickly
developing their distinctive individual voices," says Nick Phillips, Vice
President of Jazz and Catalog A&R at Concord and producer of
the compilation. "It's interesting to hear these recordings more
than fifty years after they were made - to hear that budding genius
while also knowing what these two artists went on to do separately
later, and knowing the indelible impact they both ultimately made
in the history of jazz. So aside from being a collection of great
music, it's also a really important historical document. In one
two-CD collection, we can hear everything that these two iconic
artists did together on Prestige, at the genesis of their
The Classic Prestige Sessions traces five recording dates in
various locations in New York and the famed Rudy Van Gelder studio
in New Jersey between January 1951 and March 1956. In addition to
Davis and Rollins, the sessions also feature performances by
Haynes, Charlie Parker, Horace Silver and several other talented
session players who went on to establish prolific and influential
careers of their own in subsequent years.
Click here to listen to the pair on the first of two takes of
"The Serpent's Tooth". The players at the January 30, 1953
sessions are all certified legends: Miles Davis (trumpet)
Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) Walter Bishop Jr.
(piano) Percy Heath (bass) and Philly Joe Jones