Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory

Legendary jazz trumpeter’s early Prestige catalogue gets deluxe reissue.

The best of Miles Davis’ early catalogue is to be reissued in May in a massive vinyl box set. Collecting the 10″ LPs he cut as a band leader for New York label Prestige between 1951 and 1954, the box set captures the prodigious young Davis as he honed his hard bop style that would eventually give way to Birth Of The Cool, Kind Of Blue and his first great quintet at the end of the decade.

As well as displaying Davis’ prowess as a band leader, the collection offers an opportunity to hear him performing alongside an array of jazz greats, including Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver and Max Roach.

The 10 remastered albums, which come with their original cover artwork and liner notes, are: Modern Jazz Trumpets, The New Sounds, Blue Period, Miles Davis Plays The Compositions of Al Cohn, Miles Davis Quartet, Miles Davis All-Star Sextet, Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis All Stars Vol. 1 and Miles Davis All Stars Vol. 2.

The box also features a bonus disc of Davis guesting on Lee Konitz’s The New Sounds, plus a 16-page booklet and a print of a painting by Davis.

Miles Davis: The Complete Prestige 10″ LP Collection will be released on May 13.

The long-awaited Miles Davis biopic, starring Ewan Macgregor alongside director Don Cheadle as Davis, hits cinemas on April 22. Last month Cheadle stoked debate after telling an interviewer the film would never have been financed without a white character in a lead role.

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