There has been a number of "Best Of" Coltrane releases in recent years, in itself no bad thing. Most of these albums share the same track listings just in a different running order. This one is more interesting though. This one concentrates on the Classic Quartet period from 1960 - 1964. Instead of the almost expected "Blue Train" for instance, here there is the sublime "Crescent" from 1964, a more imaginative choice. "In A Sentimental Mood", a jazz standard, is done beautifully with the help of Duke Ellington on piano. The real treat here for Coltrane fans old and new is the studio version of "Impressions", released here for the first time (and is worth buying this CD for on its own!). A small criticism though is that the live version of "Naima" is not as strong as the original version and I would have chosen a track from the "Africa/Brass Sessions", but I'm just being picky. This is a less commercial offering but one that deserves success and will hopefully bring the magic of Coltrane's music to a whole new audience.
I happened upon this disc after buying 'A Love Supreme' & I've been playing it ever since. To me this CD shows off most of Coltrane's forms of musical expression - the possible exception being the avant garde 'OM' album. There's the first part of 'A Love Supreme' showcasing some of his more conceptual work, straight up tunes like 'Afro Blue' & 'Bessie's Blues' & finally my favourite take of his version of 'My Favourite Things' in my opinion a much better take than on the album of the same name.
If you only ever own one JC album, this should be it.