Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Ray Draper (tuba); Red Garland, Gil Coggins (piano); Paul Chambers, Spanky DeBrest (bass); Louis Hayes, Arthur Taylor, Larry Ritchie (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on December 20, 1957 and January 10 & December 26, 1958. Includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern and Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.
Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Ray Draper (tuba); Gil Coggins, Red Garland (piano); Louis Hayes, Art Taylor, Larry Ritchie (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Authors: Dan Morgenstern; Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (12/20/1957-12/26/1958); New Jersey (12/20/1957-12/26/1958).
Photographer: Don Schlitten.
THE BELIEVER offers an early glimpse at the talents of a still-developing John Coltrane. Recorded in the late-'50s, while he was still a member of the Miles Davis sextet, this early solo outing finds Coltrane confident, but just beginning to explore the kind of modalities with which he would soon revolutionize the world of jazz. One of the reasons Coltrane is so at ease here is the familiar setting: he's joined by fellow Miles cohorts Paul Chambers and Red Garland, among others. Drummer Louis Hayes provides a Latin-inflected beat on "Nakatini Serenade," as Coltrane and Donald Byrd soar above the rhythm section. The understated Rogers and Hammerstein standard "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful" presents Coltrane the balladeer, waxing lyrical over the subtle dynamics. Things to come are hinted at briefly in flurries of notes here and there, and it's fascinating to listen with hindsight to the early work of this developing genius.