Essential Albums: Lush Life/Soultrane/Stardust/Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane

The Essential Albums: Lush Life/Soultrane/Stardust/Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane

by John Coltrane
     
 
This four-disc box set issued by Prestige collects John Coltrane's sides for the label as a leader in 1957 and 1958, and his last date as a sideman for them. The material on Lush Life has its origins in two 1957 trio sessions and one quintet date from January of 1958. On the earlier sessions that make up three of the album's five

Overview

This four-disc box set issued by Prestige collects John Coltrane's sides for the label as a leader in 1957 and 1958, and his last date as a sideman for them. The material on Lush Life has its origins in two 1957 trio sessions and one quintet date from January of 1958. On the earlier sessions that make up three of the album's five tracks, the saxophonist is in the company of bassist Earl May and drummer Art Taylor. On the nearly 14-minute reading of the title tune and "I Hear a Rhapsody," Coltrane's company includes pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, trumpeter Donald Byrd, and Taylor. The sessions for Soultrane were recorded on February 7; the personnel comprised Garland, Chambers, and Taylor -- these latter three making up the pianist's concurrently running trio. While the album as a whole is flawless, its standouts include Coltrane's first recorded version of "I Want to Talk About You" and closer "Russian Lullaby," which is an early taste of what would become his "sheets of sound" approach. Stardust was recorded at two sessions in July and December. On the first date the group comprises trumpeter/flugelhornist Wilbur Harden, Garland, Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb; on the December date, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and Taylor replace Harden and Cobb. Stand-out tracks here include the opening title ballad and the hard-swinging "Then I'll Be Tired of You." The final album here, also recorded in 1958, was released as Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane. The others members of this album's quintet were pianist Tommy Flanagan, Chambers, and Cobb. The set contains a pair of Flanagan originals, one by Burrell, and two standards. While Coltrane feels somewhat constrained here -- even on the upbeat "Freight Train" -- his playing tends to move the groove right toward the session leader, who absolutely shines. Coltrane's gorgeous tone is heard best on the Oscar Hammerstein II/Jerome Kern nugget "Why Was I Born?" All of this material has been made available numerous times before in various packages; this one is budget-priced.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2011
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072332034
catalogNumber:
33203
Rank:
120633

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Red Garland   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Wilbur Harden   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Paul Chambers   Bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Earl May   Bass
Arthur Taylor   Drums

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Tommy Flanagan   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Kenny Burrell   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Cover Photo
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Joe Goldberg   Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Robert Levin   Original Liner Notes
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Bob Porter   Reissue Producer
Leo Robin   Composer
Don Schlitten   Cover Photo
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Stylianos Gianakos   Sculpture
Fred Lacey   Composer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance
Chris Clough   Reissue Production Assistance

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