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John Coltrane: The Prestige Recordings

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Album Reviews:

Down Beat (3/92, p.46) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...an essential document ...thoroughly annotated and painstakingly packaged..."

JazzTimes (p.124) - "[T]his music is well worth acquiring..."

Option (5-6/92, p.99) - "...Originally scattered across 31 different albums, Fantasy has done a classy job, both with the sound, the package and the booklet's documentation..."

Album Notes

125 selections totaling over 18 hours of music.

Personnel includes: John Coltrane (alto & tenor saxophones); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Bobby Jaspar, Paul Quinichette, Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne, Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Donald Byrd, Idrees Sulieman, Bill Hardman, Johnny Splawn, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Ray Draper (tuba); Red Garland, Elmo Hope, Tadd Dameron, Mal Waldron, Tommy Flanagan, Gil Coggins (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Paul Chambers, John Simmons, Doug Watkins, Julian Euell, Earl May, Jamil Nasser, Spanky DeBrest (bass); Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Louis Hayes, Ed Thigpen, Albert "Tootie" Heathe, Larry Ritchie, Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Producers: Bob Weinstock, Teddy Charles, Esmond Edwards.

Compilation producer: Orrin Keepnews.

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey between May 7, 1956 and December 26, 1958. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey and Carl Woideck.

Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).

OK, this is IT: for the Coltrane fan who wants/needs (almost) everything, this 16-disc set has it all--all the music John Coltrane recorded for the Prestige label in the '50s, as a leader, co-leader, and sideperson. Excluded are the recordings he did as a member of Miles Davis' Quintet, which can be found on MILES DAVIS: CHRONICLE. The tunes are a wide-ranging mixture of originals ("Straight Street"), standards ("Lush Life," "It Might As Well Be Spring") and jazz originals by composers/pianists Tadd Dameron, Mal Waldron and Tommy Flanagan.

The cast of players includes legends like guitarist Kenny Burrell, sax gods of contrasting styles/schools like Sonny Rollins, Zoot Sims and Gene Ammons, and ex-Miles drummers Jimmy Cobb and Philly Joe Jones. Heart-rending ballads, hard-swinging bop, jam sessions, more thought-out compositions (Dameron)--it's ALL here. Save your dimes, take a couple of weeks off and dive in--this jumbo box contains some of the best (and just plain fine & worthwhile) post-Charlie Parker/pre-free-era jazz. (For the more edgier side of Coltrane, check out his Impulse recordings).


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