As every dedicated jazz fan knows, the quality of a recording and the authenticity of the liner notes can make all the difference!
In this article, we take a quick dive into the OJC programme which brought more than 1000 legendary jazz albums into 21st century technicolour!
The record label (otherwise known as OJC) was founded in 1982 as an imprint of .
It’s creation coincided with the rising popularity of CDs and focused on reissuing legendary recordings in this format.
OJC has seen the release of over 1,000 albums that were previously discontinued, taking recordings from imprints such as
Milestone, Prestige, Galaxy, Riverside, Contemporary, Debut, Jazzland and Pablo.
Since 2010, the label (under Universal’s – https://concord.com/labels/fantasy-records/) has been releasing new versions of these albums, featuring 24-bit remastering from the original analog master tapes.
In doing so, OJC is providing fans with the best possible listening experience of some of the most famous records in history.
The label also understands the importance of liner notes and artwork to the true fan: early OJC reissues were complete with original artwork and liner notes, whilst the new Concord series has updated these with words from modern journalists and critics.
Of course, with over 1,000 titles, listing even a small selection of this catalogue is no easy feat!
- Work Time – (1956)
- Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section (1957)
- Virtuoso – (1973)
- Dig – (1956)
- Boss Guitar – (1963)
- The Ellington Suites – (1976)
- Something Else!!!! – (1958)
- Thelonious Monk with (1961)
- Ugetsu – (1963) ‘s Messengers
- In New York – (1959)
Hope this short intro to the OJC concept provides a springboard for some more classic listening, in 21st Century audio quality!
It’s worth noting that there is also an Original Blues Classics series, bringing a similar level of listening history to Blues fans.
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