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A must buy early Coltrane double set........
on 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.