This is the record that put Coltrane up onto the pedestal from which he cast a shadow over every tenor player of his generation.
It bursts with power and energy, combining Coltrane's frightening technique and the searing, crying intensity of his tenor sound, propelled forwards by a driving rythmn section featuring excellent work from pianist Tommy Flanagan.
It's not all full-speed ahead, though, as "Naima" is a delicate, gentle masterpiece.
For those coming to this record from a more bluesy/soul-jazz angle, you might try "Blue Train" first. Alternatively, if you want to hear that beatiful saxophone sound in all its tender glory, try the "Ballads" album. Coltrane, of course, also appeared on the legendary Miles Davis album "Kind of Blue", which is a must for every jazz record collection.