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Album Review

The ninth volume in the Prestige Profile series features saxophonist John Coltrane. While the majority of the disc compiles tracks from his albums for Prestige and its related labels, there are also a notable track, "The Way You Look Tonight," taken from Mal Waldron's second set for the label, entitled Mal-2. Other cuts come from Lush Life, Black Pearls, Standard Coltrane, and Dakar. All tracks have been remastered in 24 bit sound. In addition to this workman-like compilation, there is a bonus disc that includes tracks from other volumes in the series including "Four" form Miles Davis' Workin', "Paul's Pal" from Sonny Rollins' Tenor Madness, and "Cry-Tender" from Yusef Lateef. While this is in now way a definitive Coltrane volume, the price and the sound along with the bonus disc for a lower price point make it a worthwhile purchase.


Born: 23 September 1926 in Hamlet, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. It seems amazing that his period of greatest activity was so short, not only because he recorded prolifically, but also because, taking advantage of his fame, the record companies that recorded him as a sideman in the 1950s frequently reissued...
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