(Est. 1966) As at his earlier company, Riverside Records, producer Orrin Keepnews had little trouble attracting top-flight jazz artists to his new Milestone label. Within a few years of its 1966 founding, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, and McCoy Tyner all joined the Milestone family. Keepnews and Milestone moved from New York to Berkeley in 1972 to become a part of Fantasy, Inc., where he soon launched the successful solo recording career of Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim and worked with a wide array of artists in his capacity as Director of Jazz A&R. Although Keepnews departed the company in the early Eighties, Milestone remains an active label with a roster that includes, Arturo O'Farrill, Manny Oquendo & Libre, Joe Locke, Jimmy McGriff, Hank Crawford, and George Mraz, as well as Sonny Rollins, who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as a Milestone recording artist.
MILESTONE FEATURED ARTISTS
Sonny Rollins is a saxophone colossus. At age 26, he had already played and/or recorded with bebop giants Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and J.J. Johnson—and had established himself as the prominent young voice on his instrument via recordings and performances as a leader.MORE