~ The Concord Music Group is home to some of the great jazz labels, including Prestige, Contemporary, Riverside, Milestone, Fantasy and Pablo. With their new "The Very Best Of" series, the Concord Group offers an affordable single-disc introduction to five of the most influential jazz musicians of all time.
~ "The Very Best of John Coltrane" offers ten tracks from eight albums Coltrane cut for Prestige Records between 1956 and 1958. It was during this period that Coltrane found his own deep, dark, blues-based voice. These recordings feature Coltrane as leader at a time when he was also a member of the famous Miles Davis Quintet. While Coltrane's playing could often be heavy and densely layered, he could also be exuberant as evidenced by his performance on "I Hear a Rhapsody." The only Coltrane composition on this CD is "Traneing In" from 1957. Thelonious Monk contributes one composition, "Nutty", on which he plays piano. Other compositions originate from the pen of Cole Porter ("I Love You") and the team of Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II ("Lover, Come Back to Me.") Pianists Tadd Dameron and Tommy Flanagan, offer originals and play on this CD. Coltrane biographer Ashley Kahn supplies informative liner notes placing these early tracks in perspective with the artist's career.
~ Highly recommended as a single-CD introduction to the early creative artistry of John Coltrane.
1. I Hear a Rhapsody
4. I Love You
5. Lover, Come Back to Me
6. Good Bait
7. Traneing In
8. Freight Trane
9. Theme for Ernie
Tracks 1 & 4 from Lush Life (Prestige 7188, recorded 1957)
Track 2 from Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Jazzland 46, recorded 1957)
Track 3 from Mating Call (Prestige 7070, recorded 1956)
Track 5 from Black Pearls (Prestige 7316, recorded 1958)
Tracks 6 & 9 from Soultrane (Prestige 7142, recorded 1958)
Track 7 from Traneing In (Prestige 7123, recorded 1957)
Track 8 from Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane (New Jazz 8276, recorded 1958)
Track 10 from Bahia (Prestige 7353, recorded 1958)