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The Utah Jazz are kicking off Rudy Gobert’s 2019 Defensive Player of the Year campaign with the release of Gobert/Encore 2019. The decorative album is a fitting tribute to a modern star with throwback sensibilities, as Gobert tries to defend his title as the NBA’s defensive king. The Jazz creative team paid tribute to the Utah Jazz name through the recreation of a classic jazz album: John Coltrane’s “Prestige 7105.” The albums were pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tenn., the same company that pressed Bob Dylan's “Highway 61 Revisited,” Jay-Z's "The Black Album” and Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue.” The jackets were printed at Dorado Music Packaging in Los Angeles.

SALT LAKE CITY — Although Rudy Gobert might be new to jazz music, he's been disrupting opposing team's ensembles for years.

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To help with Rudy Gobert's campaign to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year for a second time, the Utah Jazz designed a record album that is a re-creation of John Coltrane's 1957 masterpiece, "Coltrane/Prestige 7105." Each NBA award voting member received the album, which highlights his achievements throughout the season.

The Deseret News has partnered with the Jazz to produce a special section that includes designs from that campaign. The section will be given to fans attending Saturday's Game 3 of Utah's playoff series with the Houston Rockets at Vivint Arena.

Rudy Gobert reacts to being on 'album cover' after listening to jazz for the first time
Rudy Gobert reacts to being on 'album cover' after listening to jazz for the first time