Label: Rhino Records - R1 71984 • Series: Atlantic Jazz Gallery • Format: 12x, Vinyl LP, Compilation, Numbered Box Set Limited Edition • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Hard Bop, Free Jazz, Modal
Reference: 7. Including songs sequenced by recording date. After his tenure in the great mid-'50s Miles Davis group, Coltrane was ready to strike out on Gin For Ginny - Hazy Osterwald Sextet* - Hazys Nightclub own.
Although he had recorded several records on the smaller Prestige label, Coltrane's first major label association was with Ahmet Ertegun's Atlantic Records. Now all of 'Trane's pioneering Atlantic recordings are compiled in one huge 7-disc set entitled "The Heavyweight Champion".
As the content attests, this title is a fitting analogy. Many alternate takes are sprinkled throughout amidst familiar album tracks from the likes of 'Coltrane Jazz', 'Coltrane Plays the Blues' and the magnificent 'My Favorite Things', giving a picture of the saxophonist's intense creativity at this period. This set is a powerful document of one of the most significant artists of the modern era in his prime.
Coltrane recorded 8 albums for Atlantic, plus two compilation albums released posthumously. Tracklisting : CD 1 Stairway to the Stars Take 6 [Alternate] - John Coltrane - The Heavyweight Champion - The Complete Atlantic Recordings Late Late Blues Three Little Words Be-Bop Blues Legacy Centerpiece Giant Steps Alternate Version Naima Alternate Version Spiral Countdown Countdown Alternate Take Syeeda's Song Flute Syeeda's Song Flute Alternate Take Giant Steps Cousin Mary Cousin Mary Alternate Take I'll Wait and Pray I'll Wait and Pray Alternate Take Little Old Lady CD 3 Like Sonny Harmonique My Shining Hour Raw Truth - Lynx + Kemo - The Raw Truth Naima Some Other Blues Fifth House CherryCo The Blessing Focus on Sanity The Invisible Bemsha Swing CD 4 Village Blues Village Blues Alternate Take My Favorite Things Central Park West Syms Untitled Original Exotica Summertime Body and Soul Body and Soul Alternate Take Knight CD 5 Blues to Elvin Alternate Take Blues to Elvin Day Blues to You Alternate Take Blues to You Blues to Bechet Satellite Everytime We Say Take 6 [Alternate] - John Coltrane - The Heavyweight Champion - The Complete Atlantic Recordings But Not for Me CD 6 Liberia The Night Has a Thousand Eyes Equinox Dahomey Dance Aisha Take 1 Incomplete Take 2 False Start Take 3 Incomplete Take 4 Incomplete Take 5 Alternate Take 6 False Start Take 7 Incomplete Naima Alternate Version Take 2 Incomplete Take 4 False Start Rehearsal 1 False Start Rehearsal 2 Incomplete Take 1 False Start Take 3 Alternate Collecting all of John Coltrane's Atlantic recordings, including a fair number of unreleased takes as well as an entire disc of alternate tracks and studio chatter, the seven-disc box set documents a pivotal moment in Coltrane's career, as he was moving from hard bop and sweet standards to a more daring, experimental style of playing influenced by the avant-garde.
Much of the music is hard bop Giant Steps or lushly melodic My Favorite Thingsbut the latter discs show the saxophonist coming to terms with the more experimental movements in jazz. The scope of this music is, quite simply, breathtaking -- not only was Coltrane developing at a rapid speed, but the resulting music encompasses nearly every element that made him a brilliant musician, and it is beautiful.
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