Rolling Stone - p.110Ranked #10
in Rolling Stone's "The Top 10 Reissues Of 2006" -- "[T]hese are thrilling hard-bop jams featuring Coltrane as an impetuous seeker..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1174 stars out of 5
-- "Here Coltrane honed his famous 'sheets of sound' style and explored uncharted music vistas."
Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); John Coltrane; Sahib Shihab (baritone saxophone); Johnny Splawn (trumpet); Mal Waldron (piano); Louis Hayes (bass instrument, drums); Paul Chambers (bass instrument); Jimmy Cobb , Art Taylor (drums); Wilbur Harden (trumpet, flugelhorn); Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Red Garland (piano); Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Authors: Patrick Milligan; Cheryl Pawelski; Lewis Porter; Richard S. Ginell.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (05/31/1957-12/26/1958).
Photographer: Burt Goldblatt.
This six-disc set collects just some of the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane's prodigious recorded output for the Prestige jazz label during the mid-1950s, assembled in chronological order. More conventional than his later 1960s work, these tracks nevertheless convey some idea of his fiery individualism, with highlights including a bop version of "Soft Lights and Sweet Music," as well as lyrical readings of Billy Strayhorn's world-weary "Lush Life" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust."