Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); John Coltrane; Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Doug Watkins, Julian Euell, Paul Chambers (bass guitar); Art Taylor (drums); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Frank Wess (flute, tenor saxophone); Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, Paul Quinichette, Bobby Jaspar (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); Webster Young (cornet); Mal Waldron, Red Garland, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Ed Thigpen, Jimmy Cobb , Louis Hayes (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Authors: David Himmelstein; Ira Gitler; Lewis Porter; Bob Snead; Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (09/07/1956-03/07/1958).
Photographers: Don Schlitten; Esmond Edwards; Ted Williams ; Herb Snitzer; Lee Tanner; Chuck Stewart; William Claxton.
This well-appointed five-CD box set features seven albums recorded by the revolutionary saxophonist John Coltrane between 1956 and 1958, including some early collaborations with musicians such as the pianist Mal Waldron, the guitarist Kenny Burrell, and the veteran saxophonist Paul Quinichette, done for the Prestige label. While these recordings are more conservative than Coltrane's later groundbreaking 1960s work, they provide a valuable insight into the effect such major influences as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis had on his early musical outlook.