Side Steps

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
In just over a decade, John Coltrane passed through three some would say four distinct artistic phases, basically separated by which label he was signed to at the time. In only two years on Atlantic, he catapulted hard bop forward, imported influences from Indian and North African music, and worked with Ornette Coleman's backing band. Upon signing to Impulse! in 1961, he began a six-year stretch of relentlessly experimental studio work, with his "classic quartet" and numerous other musicians including Eric Dolphy, Rashied Ali, Pharoah Sanders, and his second wife, Alice. But his early recordings, made for the Prestige label between 1955 and 1957, are both voluminous and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
In just over a decade, John Coltrane passed through three some would say four distinct artistic phases, basically separated by which label he was signed to at the time. In only two years on Atlantic, he catapulted hard bop forward, imported influences from Indian and North African music, and worked with Ornette Coleman's backing band. Upon signing to Impulse! in 1961, he began a six-year stretch of relentlessly experimental studio work, with his "classic quartet" and numerous other musicians including Eric Dolphy, Rashied Ali, Pharoah Sanders, and his second wife, Alice. But his early recordings, made for the Prestige label between 1955 and 1957, are both voluminous and revelatory. Side Steps is the third and final box in a series that has separated Coltrane's work for the label into albums on which he was the leader, albums recorded with him as part of a larger group the "Prestige All-Stars", and discs on which he was a mere sideman. The albums he recorded with the Miles Davis Quintet have their own box. The five discs of Side Steps contain 43 tracks originally released under the leadership of players like Elmo Hope, Tadd Dameron, Mal Waldron, Red Garland, and Gene Ammons, plus "Tenor Madness," the saxophonist's lone in-studio encounter with Sonny Rollins, and all find Coltrane playing his part, never truly dominating proceedings but always stepping up when his moment comes. In the mid-'50s, Coltrane had yet to develop the "sheets of sound" technique of worrying away endlessly at a chord; instead, his solos hold to a bluesy, bop-derived style, with a rich command of the horn's full range, though he tends to keep himself in the lower to middle register. Bob Weinstock, owner of Prestige Records, tended to book "blowing sessions" rather than let artists come up with an album's worth of solid new material that would work as a cohesive artistic statement, and he always attempted to get as much material as possible from a single studio date, so there are a lot of standards on these discs, and relatively few originals by the leaders or the sidemen. Also, many of the performances are quite lengthy, with ten of them passing the ten-minute mark and "All Mornin' Long," on which Coltrane and Donald Byrd augment Red Garland's trio, coming in at a staggering for 1957 20:17. But everything here is worth hearing, and the detailed liner notes -- which include an interview with Weinstock as well as session notes and the usual other stuff -- add value to a terrific box, one that easily stands up alongside its two companions and Rhino/Atlantic's gathering of the Atlantic years, The Heavyweight Champion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 888072313453
  • Catalog Number: 31345
  • Sales rank: 91,830

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Weeja (11:13)
  2. 2 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (8:40)
  3. 3 On It (9:04)
  4. 4 Avalon (9:40)
  5. 5 Mating Call (5:36)
  6. 6 Soultrane (5:24)
  7. 7 Gnid (5:07)
  8. 8 Super Jet (5:53)
  9. 9 On a Misty Night (6:21)
  10. 10 Romas (6:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tenor Madness (12:17)
  2. 2 Potpourri (6:38)
  3. 3 J.M.'s Dream Doll (8:40)
  4. 4 Don't Explain (6:59)
  5. 5 Blue Calypso (8:58)
  6. 6 Falling in Love with Love (11:40)
  7. 7 The Way You Look Tonight (8:26)
  8. 8 From This Moment On (6:16)
  9. 9 One by One (9:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Our Delight (6:20)
  2. 2 They Can't Take That Away from Me (10:26)
  3. 3 Woody 'n You (6:51)
  4. 4 I've Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (6:17)
  5. 5 Undecided (6:54)
  6. 6 Soul Junction (15:31)
  7. 7 What Is There to Say? (5:59)
  8. 8 Birk's Works (7:37)
  9. 9 Hallelujah (6:29)
Disc 4
  1. 1 All Morning Long (20:21)
  2. 2 Billie's Bounce (9:24)
  3. 3 Solitude (8:33)
  4. 4 Two Bass Hit (8:51)
  5. 5 Soft Winds (13:47)
  6. 6 Lazy Mae (16:06)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Under Paris Skies (7:47)
  2. 2 Clifford's Kappa (9:16)
  3. 3 Filidia (7:16)
  4. 4 Two Sons (5:23)
  5. 5 Paul's Pal (7:14)
  6. 6 Ammon Joy (13:17)
  7. 7 Groove Blues (9:34)
  8. 8 The Real McCoy (8:34)
  9. 9 It Might as Well Be Spring (11:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone
Tadd Dameron Piano
Red Garland Piano
Bill Hardman Trumpet
Elmo Hope Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Flute
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums
Mal Waldron Piano
Ray Draper Tuba
Ed Thigpen Drums
Jamil Nasser Bass
Paul Chambers Bass
Gil Coggins Piano
Spanky DeBrest Bass
Julian Euell Bass
George Joyner Bass
Jackie McLean Alto Saxophone
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Sahib Shihab Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
John Simmons Bass
Idrees Sulieman Trumpet
Larry Ritchie Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Red Garland Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Elmo Hope Composer
Al Jolson Composer
John Lewis Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Mal Waldron Composer
Charlie Shavers Composer
Ray Draper Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Joe Goldberg Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Charlie Parker Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Jean Dréjac Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Sid Robin Composer
Michael Gold Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    JC DELIVERS!!!

    SIDE STEPS is profound. It demonstrates what was to come as Coltrane became a superstar in the world of music. Yes this is jazz, but it is the highest quality of music period. The music is romantic. It swings. John Coltrane could play with anybody, and enhanced the music of other leaders immeasurably. This is a must have for music lovers.

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