The Prestige Recordings

The Prestige Recordings

by John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
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The 16 CDs in this compendium represent nearly everything that John Coltrane recorded for the Prestige label during a 32-month period between May 7, 1956, and December 26, 1958. What's missing are Coltrane's contributions to the mid-'50s Miles Davis band, which are on the equally exhaustive and highly recommended Davis Chronicle box set released in 1990. Otherwise, listeners are treated to the sessions that produced the seminal long-players Coltrane, Cattin' with Coltrane and Quinichette, Traneing In, Soultrane, Lush Life, Settin' the Pace, Standard Coltrane, Stardust, The Believer, Black Pearls, Bahia, and The Last Trane -- all of which highlight the artist as either a leader or co-leader. Not included in that list are an additional 19 albums that boast Coltrane's involvement as a support musician. The music is presented primarily in a chronological fashion -- commencing with a pair of May 1956 outings with pianist Elmo Hope and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Wrapping things up are five tunes cut the day after Christmas of 1958 alongside trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Coltrane's legend is ingrained in the grooves of such indispensable entries as "How Deep Is the Ocean?" flanked by tenor saxophonists Zoot Sims, Hank Mobley, and Al Cohn -- as originally heard on Tenor Conclave. There is also the Tadd Dameron-commanded "Soultrane" and the definitive "The Way You Look Tonight," during one of the many Mal Waldron confabs, plus "Undecided," sporting Red Garland at the helm. And who could forget the Great American Songbook selections "Lush Life," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Lover," "Russian Lullaby," "Why Was I Born?," "Lover Come Back to Me," "Stardust," and "Time After Time"? Accompanying the music is a 32-page liner notes booklet. Inside are a historical essay from Doug Ramsey, a session-by-session breakdown by Carl Woideck (and the occasional notation from producer Orrin Keepnews), and several different cross-references of the contents. Overall, the audio quality is excellent throughout, especially considering that the original tapes were transferred during the infancy of digital audio technology. Since 1991, the majority of the music has been remastered and issued on the individual album titles with even more astonishing results.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1991
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218440523
catalogNumber: 4405


Disc 1

  1. Tenor Madness
  2. Weeja
  3. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  4. On It
  5. Avalon
  6. Tenor Conclave
  7. How Deep Is the Ocean?

Disc 2

  1. Just You, Just Me
  2. Bob's Boys
  3. Mating Call
  4. Soultrane
  5. Gnid
  6. Super Jet
  7. On a Misty Night
  8. Romas
  9. Soul Eyes

Disc 3

  1. Anatomy
  2. Interplay
  3. Light Blue
  4. C.T.A.
  5. Eclypso
  6. Solacium
  7. Minor Mishap
  8. Tommy's Tune

Disc 4

  1. Dakar
  2. Mary's Blues
  3. Route 4
  4. Velvet Scene
  5. Witches' Pit
  6. Cat Walk
  7. Potpourri
  8. J.M.'s Dream Doll
  9. Don't Explain
  10. Falling in Love With Love

Disc 5

  1. Blue Calypso
  2. The Way You Look Tonight
  3. From This Moment On
  4. One by One
  5. Cattin'
  6. Anatomy
  7. Vodka
  8. Sunday

Disc 6

  1. Straight Street
  2. While My Lady Sleeps
  3. Chronic Blues
  4. Bakai
  5. Violets for Your Furs
  6. Time Was
  7. I Hear a Rhapsody
  8. Trane's Slo Blues
  9. Slowtrane
  10. Like Someone in Love
  11. I Love You

Disc 7

  1. Dealin'
  2. Dealin'
  3. Wheelin'
  4. Wheelin'
  5. Robbin's Nest
  6. Things Ain't What They Used to Be

Disc 8

  1. You Leave Me Breathless
  2. Bass Blues
  3. Soft Lights and Sweet Music
  4. Traneing In
  5. Slow Dance
  6. Our Delight
  7. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  8. Woody 'N You
  9. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)

Disc 9

  1. Undecided
  2. Soul Junction
  3. What Is There to Say?
  4. Birk's Works
  5. Hallelujah
  6. All Morning Long

Disc 10

  1. Billie's Bounce
  2. Solitude
  3. Two Bass Hit
  4. Soft Winds
  5. Lazy Mae
  6. Under Paris Skies
  7. Two Sons

Disc 11

  1. Clifford's Kappa
  2. Filide
  3. Paul's Pal
  4. Ammon Joy
  5. Groove Blues
  6. The Real McCoy
  7. It Might as Well Be Spring

Disc 12

  1. Lush Life
  2. The Believer
  3. Nakatini Serenade
  4. Come Rain or Come Shine
  5. Lover
  6. Russian Lullaby
  7. Theme for Ernie

Disc 13

  1. You Say You Care
  2. Good Bait
  3. I Want to Talk About You
  4. Lyresto
  5. Why Was I Born?
  6. Freight Trane
  7. I Never Knew
  8. Big Paul

Disc 14

  1. Rise 'N' Shine
  2. I See Your Face Before Me
  3. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You
  4. Little Melonae
  5. By the Numbers
  6. Black Pearls

Disc 15

  1. Lover, Come Back to Me
  2. Sweet Sapphire Blues
  3. Spring Is Here
  4. Invitation
  5. I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All
  6. Love Thy Neighbor
  7. Don't Take Your Love from Me

Disc 16

  1. Stardust
  2. My Ideal
  3. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
  4. Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?
  5. Then I'll Be Tired of You
  6. Something I Dreamed Last Night
  7. Bahia
  8. Goldsboro Express
  9. Time After Time

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Gene Ammons   Leader,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Tadd Dameron   Piano,Leader,Track Performer
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Red Garland   Piano,Leader,Track Performer
Bill Hardman   Trumpet
Louis Hayes   Drums
Elmo Hope   Piano,Leader,Track Performer
Bobby Jaspar   Tenor Saxophone
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Flute
Sonny Rollins   Leader,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Art Taylor   Drums
Mal Waldron   Piano,Track Performer
Doug Watkins   Bass
Webster Young   Cornet
Ray Draper   Tuba,Leader,Track Performer
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Wilbur Harden   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Jamil Nasser   Bass
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Kenny Burrell   Guitar,Leader,Track Performer
Paul Chambers   Bass
Gil Coggins   Piano
Spanky DeBrest   Bass
Julian Euell   Bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Richard "Groove" Holmes   Track Performer
George Joyner   Bass
Earl May   Bass
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone
Paul Quinichette   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons   Bass
Johnny Splawn   Trumpet
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Frank Wess   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Ritchie   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Pepper Adams   Composer
Louie Bellson   Composer
Teddy Charles   Composer,Producer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Tommy Flanagan   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Illinois Jacquet   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Charles Thompson   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Reissue Producer
Danny Kopelson   Engineer
Tim Patterson   Discographical Consultant
Leo Robin   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bob Weinstock   Producer,Original Session Supervision
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Carl Woideck   Liner Notes
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Producer
Georgia Gillfillan   Producer
Ralph Kaffel   Concept
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Frederick Hollander   Composer
Ted Persons   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Newell Chase   Composer
Luna Da la Fuente   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo

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