In honor of the label’s 70th anniversary of bringing iconic jazz releases from artists like Etta Jones, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and more, Vinyl Me, Please is partnering on four color reissues of gems from the Prestige catalog.
The first record in the partnership was Sonny Rollins’ Saxophone Colossus, limited to 750 units, which sold out in a week. The next two albums in our Prestige series are Etta Jones’ Don’t Go To Strangers on pink swirl vinyl, limited to 500, and Eric Dolphy’s Out There, on swirl vinyl, also limited to 500.
In his short 36 years—he died accidentally following a diabetic incident in Europe in 1964—Eric Dolphy left an outsized fingerprint on the avant-garde of jazz, stretching acceptable boundaries of music, and inventing multiple ways of playing. His second album as a bandleader is Out There, next to Out To Lunch! his finest album-length achievement. Here, Dolphy plays four different instruments and is backed by the legendary Ron Carter on cello, George Duvivier on bass and Roy Haynes on drums. You can stream it below, and buy it here.:
Though she had released many singles and albums before Don’t Go To Strangers, Etta Jones was a breakthrough star when the album’s title track became a hit in 1960. The song’s sultry come-on—the guy Etta’s singing to doesn’t need to mess around when he has her at home—made Jones into a household name, and got this album into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It remains Etta’s masterpiece, and the album that surrounds it is one of the finest examples of vocal jazz of the early ‘60s, and Jones makes the covers here into her own. You can stream it below, and buy it here.
Prestige Records was founded in 1949 and started out — much like Blue Note — as a traditional jazz label. But because it was open to recording sessions from the jazz geniuses of the day, it released seminal titles that pushed jazz in a variety of directions away from that traditional sound.