Fantastic work from a lost chapter of Coltrane
's career! Sure, you may know his early work with Miles Davis, or his groundbreaking later recordings on Atlantic and Impulse – but in the late 50s, 'Trane recorded some fantastic sides with trumpeter Wilbur Harden
for Savoy Records, and the material is unlike anything he ever did for other labels. In a way, the Harden
tunes are similar to Yusef Lateef's work for the label – hardbop at the core, but with touches of exoticism and spiritualism that brings out whole new modes of playing from the musicians. Most tracks are long and modal, a perfect platform for Coltrane
's new ideas of soloing that were beginning to take shape at the time. Harden
's a much different horn player than Miles Davis ever was – with a fiercer approach to rhythm that kind of drives Coltrane
along in a more souful groove than ever before. This CD features 19 tracks from the Savoy Sessions – lovingly packaged in a way that really helps you navigate the confusing structure of the LP releases. Titles include "Gold Coast", "Dial Africa", "BJ", "Once In A While", "Tanganyika Strut", "West 42nd Street", and "Rhodamagnetics" – and the CD includes alternate versions of some tracks.
(Out of print.)