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

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072332034
  • Catalog Number: 33203
  • Sales rank: 176,606

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Like Someone In Love (5:00)
  2. 2 I Love You (5:33)
  3. 3 Trane's Slo Blues (6:05)
  4. 4 Lush Life (14:00)
  5. 5 I Hear a Rhapsody (6:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Good Bait (12:08)
  2. 2 I Want To Talk About You (10:53)
  3. 3 You Say You Care (6:16)
  4. 4 Theme for Ernie (4:57)
  5. 5 Russian Lullaby (5:33)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stardust (10:44)
  2. 2 Time After Time (7:44)
  3. 3 Love Thy Neighbor (9:21)
  4. 4 Then I'll Be Tired of You (9:27)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Freight Trane (7:21)
  2. 2 I Never Knew (7:05)
  3. 3 Lyresto (5:44)
  4. 4 Why Was I Born? (3:13)
  5. 5 Big Paul (14:04)
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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, Remastering
Ira Gitler Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Joe Goldberg Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein II 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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