Sunday, January 27, 2008

Fearless Leader

I am working my way through the Fearless leader cd box set. As you probably noticed I am already a certified Coltrane fanatic but that is just part of the reason I am so excited about these recordings. This six cd package was put together by Concord Records . It is the first of three box sets that present many of Coltrane's recordings on the Prestige label . The six discs contain most of the cuts from 11 Prestige albums recorded during 1957 and 1958. They were Originally produced by Bob Weinstock and recored by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder at his studio. Hearing Coltrane's development over this time span is only one of the great things about this material. Another is the liner notes in the form of a thoughtfully compiled and beautifully presented small book. It has everything you would possibly need to know regarding this material . But in the end it is Coltrane that makes it for me! No wonder there is a church in San Francisco that is based on him! This stuff is Heaven

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