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  1. Prestige All-Stars records

    In the 50s, Prestige put out a series of leaderless albums with groups credited as "The Prestige All-Stars" or similar names. A lot of them have since been repackaged under different artists' names as one or other of the participants has increased in public prominence (particularly Coltrane). A discography of these recordings is here: I don't know much about the genesis of the series. Some of these albums are absolutely great, and stand with the best of what Prestige was putting out at the time. Earthy and Tenor Conclave are particular favourites of mine. The leaderless format feels like it helps to open up the players and allow for more equal interplay. However, given the format, I have noticed that they often slip through the tracks when people present histories of the period. I've searched and I don't think that there is a dedicated thread on the topic (although the Coltrane ones are touched on, and there is a thread on the related Swingville All-Stars run). I'd love to hear from you with any views you have on the series and any of the records that are your own favourites.