Timeless John Coltrane


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    Timeless John Coltrane Savoy / Savoy Jazz

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Review Text Although collected here under John Coltrane's name, these Savoy sessions recorded between March 13 and June 24, 1958 at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Hackensack, NJ were actually helmed by trumpet and flugelhorn player Wilbur Harden, who had the good sense to hire Coltrane for the project (which resulted in the original LPs Countdown and Africa). He also brought aboard trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianists Tommy Flanagan and Howard Williams (the sessions split into quintet and sextet groupings, with slightly different rhythm sections for each), bassists Doug Watkins and Ali Jackson and drummers Louis Hayes and Art Taylor. By accident or design, Coltrane was fore-grounded in most of the mixes, and his playing sounds joyous and energetic, matched perfectly by both of the ensemble configurations, and these were obviously productive sessions. Assigning Coltrane's name as lead to these sides some fifty years later may not be exactly historically accurate, but he is clearly the focus on many of these tracks. Harden, who is somewhat of the forgotten man in all of this, should not be dismissed, however, because these were his sessions, after all, and his playing is warm, steady (he often doubles up trumpet with flugelhorn) and well worthy of a larger recorded discography than history provided him. ~ Steve Leggett

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Countdown - 7:27
  2. 2. E.F.F.P.H. - 5:26
  3. 3. Once in a While - 9:28
  4. 4. West 42nd Street - 8:51
  5. 5. B.J. - 5:55
  6. 6. Dial Africa - 8:04
  7. 7. Tanganyika Strut - 10:58

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