Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings celebrates the 60thanniversary of John Coltrane’s 1958 recordings for Prestige Records (founded 70 years ago this year), chronicling all 37 tracks from the jazz pioneer in his breakout year, session by session in the order they were created — allowing fans to experience the emergence of a master improviser in his first great career crest.
In 1958, Coltrane was still two years away from emerging as a bandleader, but his membership in ensembles led by Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk had propelled him into the spotlight as one of jazz’s most exciting and controversial figures. Coltrane ’58 is more than sheets of sound: It’s the sound of Coltrane working and smoothing out those sheets and exploring other ideas as well.
Coltrane ’58 brims with the shared jazz repertoire of the day—blues, bebop standards and familiar ballads—as well as original compositions and obscure tunes Coltranerediscovered. Together they offer an array of emotional depth and instrumental prowess, showing how the rising saxophonist was actively stretching sound and increasing the intensity, and shifting the direction of what jazz performance was about. Included are definitive versions of “Lush Life,” “Lover Come Back to Me,” “Stardust,” “Good Bait” and “Little Melonae”; first recordings of originals like “Nakatini Serenade,” “The Believer,” “Black Pearls” and the heartfelt “Theme for Ernie”; and extended tenor saxophone tours-de-force such as “Russian Lullaby,” “Sweet Sapphire Blues” and “I Want to Talk About You” that anticipate the stratospheric heights Coltrane would reach in the 1960s.
Coltrane ’58 also reveals other significant aspects of Coltrane’s emergence, too, like his growing status in the hard bop brotherhood of the day. He recorded with contemporaries (many future legends in their own right), including pianist Red Garland; guitarist Kenny Burrell; trumpeters Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard and Wilbur Harden; bassist Paul Chambers and drummers Art Taylor, Jimmy Cobb and Louis Hayes. The sessions all took place in Rudy Van Gelder’s legendary home studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, where so much of the best jazz of that era was recorded.
Produced by Nick Phillips , the vinyl box includes eight 180-gram LPs, remastered from the original analog tapes by Paul Blakemore (all of which were recorded by renowned engineer Rudy Van Gelder) and cut by Clint Holley from 24-bit/192kHz transfers.
The lavish, linen-wrapped, portfolio-style book features an eye-catching design and includes 40 pages containing extensive liner notes by Grammy®-winning American music historian Ashley Kahn , rare ephemera and historical photographs of the saxophonist and his collaborators, including several taken by renowned jazz photographers Francis Wolff and Esmond Edwards. The 5-CD edition, containing a 76-page book, is a faithful replica of the 8-LP vinyl box.
- Lush Life
- Come Rain or Come Shine
- The Believer
- Nakatini Serenade
- Russian Lullaby
- Theme for Ernie
- You Say You Care
- Good Bait
- I Want to Talk About You
- Why Was I Born
- Freight Trane
- I Never Knew
- Big Paul
- I See Your Face Before Me
- Rise and Shine
- Little Melonae
- If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You
- By the Numbers
- Black Pearls
- Lover Come Back to Me
- Sweet Sapphire Blues
- Spring Is Here
- I’m a Dreamer (Aren’t We All)
- Love Thy Neighbor
- Don’t Take Your Love From Me
- My Ideal
- I’ll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
- Do I Love You Because You Are Beautiful
- Then I’ll Be Tired of You
- Something I Dreamed Last Night
- Goldsboro Express
- Time After Time
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