PRESTIGE RECORDS is a legendary independent record label deeply rooted in jazz history, featuring the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Eric Dolphy, to name a few. The imprint still holds a vibrant presence today, represented both through new talent in the form of Jazzmeiah Horn, as well as carefully curated reissues by Rusty Bryant, Charles Kynard and Azar Lawrence.
Prestige was launched in 1949 (originally called New Jazz), and like several other prominent jazz labels of the fifties, it started out as a traditional jazz label but soon found itself amid cutting-edge, modern jazz. During the next decade, Prestige tracked such giants as Davis, Coltrane and Rollins, often in informal "blowing" sessions. In 1958, Prestige slightly changed direction, soon becoming the leading purveyor of what is now known as soul jazz (also known as acid jazz) with its recordings of Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland and others.