I received this 5 disc boxed set for Christmas and haven’t stopped listening to it since. The remastering and quality of the music is superb!! The music here in opened up a part of his music I had not heard before, being only familiar with his more popular albums. This is definitely a side of the artist that must be heard if you count yourself as a fan. John Coltrane’s legendary Prestige recordings as a sideman to a host of jazz legends including Gene Ammons, Tadd Dameron, Red Garland, and Sonny Rollins. This 5-disc box set features 24-bit remastering from the original analog master tapes, a 72-page book with rare photographs, discography, and sessionography, some great essays by noted music historian Ashley Kahn, interview transcript with Prestige founder Bob Weinstock, and fully reproduced original album cover artwork and notes. 10 albums are represented in this set, some in their entirety. This completes the Prestige label’s trilogy of John Coltrane. Check out “Fearless Leader” and “Interplay” the first 2 boxed sets in this trilogy.
The Sound of Sonny …1957 was the year he became king. That year he recorded 7 albums as a leader.
Recorded as a teenager with Bud Powell and J.J. Johnson then stints with Miles, Monk, and 2 years with Max Roach groups.
Two recordings to own are Saxophone Colossus a Prestige recording with Tommy Flanagan ( piano), Doug Watkins ( bass ), Max Roach ( drums ). A improvisational masterpiece. Night At The Village Vanguard (Live) A Blue Note 2 CD set featuring Donald Bailey, Wilbar Ware (bass), Pete LaRoca, Elvin Jones ( drums). These recordings are a MUST HAVE in any collection.
Kenny Burrell a leader and sideman for 40 years, known as “Ellingtons favorite Guitarist” appearing on several hundred albums. A few albums that are classics of his are, the 1967 Midnight Blue album he did for Blue Note. This features Stanley Turrentine on tenor, a masterpiece of a album. The Rudy Van Gelder remaster is fantastic. Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane the 1958 Prestige album is another classic, a duet album full of sensitivity instead of heavy blowing. The playing is excellent by all means, own it. Finally I have to say A Night At The Vanguard a 1959 Verve session that’s a trio set with Richard Davis on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. This is a great example of Jazz guitar in a “Live” Jazz club setting.