Prestige legacy – The High Priests

The High Priests Vol.1The High Priests Vol.1
(Prestige Legacy)
by Dick Bogle

Prestige Records founded in 1949 was a major force in the jazz industry for its’ 22 years of existence. It recorded most of the dominant players and emerging stars of that time. These newly re-mastered 16 tracks feature groups led by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane mostly recorded between 1953-56.

However its’ legendary names don’t stop there. For instance, on Davis’ “Compulsion,” the sidemen are Charlie Parker, Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, Rollins and Walter Bishop Jr. On other tracks, many stars are on hand including Art Blakey, John Lewis, Max Roach, Julius Watkins, Horace Silver, Curly Russell, Paul Quinichette, Ed Thigpen, Frank Foster, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Arthur Taylor.

Tunes include Rollins on “The Way You Look Tonight;” Coltrane’s “While My Lady Sleeps;” and Davis’ “Solar.” This is 16 tracks to treasure.