Coltrane, John: Soultrane LP
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Blue wax! 1958's Soultrane is one of the essential albums in John Coltrane's career. Recorded during the first year of his Prestige contract, between his critical service in Thelonious Monk's quartet and his return to the band of Miles Davis, it finds the tenor saxophonist displaying a new level of both technical and conceptual refinement, dispensing torrents of notes that annotator Ira Gitler famously dubbed "sheets of sound." The Red Garland Trio, a key component on many Coltrane recordings of the period, is at its eloquent best; and the program, with two compositions from the early days of modern jazz, two lesser-known standards, and a recently penned requiem for the late Ernie Henry, is ideal for verifying that Coltrane's swiftly evolving approach was both innovative and comprehensive. Coltrane's status as the primary influence on both saxophonists and musicians generally became undeniable after the release of this immortal performance!