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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 August 2011
This bargain collection of early 'straight ahead' Coltrane (1957/58) finds the great man in exuberantly creative form, showing exactly why Miles Davis thought that he was a must-have player for his Prestige /'Kind of Blue' era band. He had still to find the experimental edge that would mark him out from most of his peers but there is no doubt there is plenty of great playing going, as tracks like 'Baikai' and 'Violets For Your Furs' readily demonstrate.

The first disc features 'Soultrane', an acknowledged classic and the second, Coltrane-'First Trane', likewise is a cracking release made with more or less the same line up. As a result both sets sit very comfortably alongside each other. I always worry with budget sets that there will be compromises with sound quality- not the case here, in fact these discs sound just great. Packaging isn't bad if the liner notes are a tad on the skimpy side it's no real loss, considering the brilliant price of the collection. If you are jazz fan on a limited budget or just back filling your collection, this set is really should be on your to buy list.
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This new 2CD set from Not Now comprises on CD1 the 1958 album "Soultrane" and on CD2 the album "Coltrane" (also known a First Trane) which dates from 1957.
"Soultrane" was recorded February 7, 1958 for the Prestige label with John Coltrane - tenor saxophone; Paul Chambers - bass; Red Garland - piano & Art Taylor - drums. In later years John Coltrane said that this was a favourite session. Running time approx 40 minutes and sound quality is excellent throughout.
"Coltrane" also known as (First Trane) was his debut album released 1957 having been recorded on May 31, 1957 for the Prestige label and had John Coltrane -- tenor saxophone; Johnny Splawn -- trumpet (tracks 1,3-6); Sahib Shihab -- baritone saxophone (tracks 1,4,6); Mal Waldron -- piano (tracks 4-6); Red Garland -- piano (tracks 1-3); Paul Chambers -- bass & Albert "Tootie" Heath -- drums. The 6 tracks include extensive workings of standards such as "Violets for Your Furs" and 2 Coltrane compositions "Straight Street" & "Chronic Blues" as features regulars Chambers & Red Garland. The whole set is a joy and with excellent sound quality will be a must for fans and collectors alike. Great value & with a total running time of approx 82 minutes. Look out for more jazz classics from Not Now.
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on 19 May 2016
Very good set with 2 early albums from John Coltrane, a bargain price too!
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on 18 November 2011
This is really a great collection from Coltrane and at a price that is as easy on the pocket as it is easy to listen to. A bargain for devout lovers of Jazz, and if you are just wondering what Jazz is like worth just buying to see. Terrific value
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on 8 May 2015
Everything as expected, Excellent choice, great purchase.
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on 29 December 2010
An excellent CD and a must for any serious jazz collection. Very listenable quality audio but let down by the cheapest most rubbish case ever produced. Virtually impossible to get the CDs out of the sharp unyeilding retaining clips and the cheap design of case hinge breaks within seconds. Pity such good music is let down by pathetically cheap cases.
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