180-gram 8LP set pressed at RTI!
Captures legendary saxophonist's genius in "Sheets Of Sound" breakthrough year!
Remastered from original analog tapes by Paul Blakemore! Cut from 192K digital transfers
40-page book includes rare ephemera and photos by renowned jazz photographers Francis Wolff and Esmond Edwards / Plus extensive liner notes by Grammy-winning music historian Ashley Kahn
John Coltrane’s breakout year, when his mature sound first grabbed ears and his own recordings began to sell consistently, was 1958.
This release chronicles the exciting story session by session, featuring all 37 tracks Coltrane recorded as a leader or co-leader for the independent Prestige Records label in those 12 months. This collection captures him in creative high gear — developing the signature improvisational style that journalist Ira Gitler famously dubbed "sheets of sound."
The timely release marks the 70th year since the founding of Prestige and comes just after the 60th anniversary of these recordings.
Includes eight 180-gram LPs, remastered from the original analog tapes by Paul Blakemore (all of which were recorded by renowned engineer Rudy Van Gelder) and cut by Clint Holley from 24-bit/192kHz transfers. The lavish, linen-wrapped, portfolio-style book features an eye-catching design and 40 pages containing extensive liner notes by Grammy-winning American music historian Ashley Kahn, rare ephemera and historical photographs of the saxophonist and his collaborators, including several taken by renowned jazz photographers Francis Wolff and Esmond Edwards.
Coltrane '58 brims with the shared jazz repertoire of the day-blues, bebop standards and familiar ballads-as well as original compositions and obscure tunes Coltrane rediscovered. Together they offer an array of emotional depth and instrumental prowess, showing how the rising saxophonist was actively stretching sound and increasing the intensity, and shifting the direction of what jazz performance was about. Included are definitive versions of "Lush Life," "Lover Come Back to Me," "Stardust," "Good Bait" and "Little Melonae"; first recordings of originals like "Nakatini Serenade," "The Believer," "Black Pearls" and the heartfelt "Theme for Ernie"; and extended tenor saxophone tours-de-force such as "Russian Lullaby," "Sweet Sapphire Blues" and "I Want to Talk About You" that anticipate the stratospheric heights Coltrane would reach in the 1960s.
In 1958 Coltrane was still two years away from emerging as a bandleader, but his membership in ensembles led by Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk had propelled him into the spotlight as one of jazz's most exciting and controversial figures. Coltrane '58 serves as a window onto the shock and awe-and eventually deep appreciation-Coltrane generated during this period, when his sheets of sound approach pushed the bebop ideal of slaloming through a tune's chordal pathways to its extreme.