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The Last Giant: The John Coltrane Anthology
John Coltrane
The Last Giant: The John Coltrane Anthology
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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John Coltrane recorded far too much landmark jazz for it ever to fit on just two CDs, but this set is a good introduction to the arc of his career. The set begins with an unreleased '46 jam session from Coltrane's days in ...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Coltrane
Title: The Last Giant: The John Coltrane Anthology
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 6/15/1993
Release Date: 6/15/1993
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 081227125523, 018227125543

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John Coltrane recorded far too much landmark jazz for it ever to fit on just two CDs, but this set is a good introduction to the arc of his career. The set begins with an unreleased '46 jam session from Coltrane's days in the navy; it continues with examples of his sideman work for Dizzy Gillespie, Gay Crosse, Johnny Hodges, Red Garland, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. Coltrane finally steps forward as a major composer and bandleader with 1957's Blue Train for Blue Note Records. The box set then presents seven of his classic 1959-'60 recordings for Atlantic, including "Giant Steps," "Naima," and "Central Park West," before concluding with two unreleased live performances, including a 25-minute version of "My Favorite Things." The Last Giant doesn't include any tracks from the Columbia or Impulse labels, but it's still the best introduction to 'Trane available. --Geoffrey Himes

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lilaccity | Spokane, WA United States | 05/27/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First off, I believe that an uninitiated person would get a good impression of Trane's signature sound by listening to "Trane's Blues" through "Naima" in this collection. However, there are a few problems. Even the liner notes state how it is possible to see the Charlie Parker-isms in the first selections. Coupled with shaky sound quality, they do little for any but Coltrane archivists. The live "My Favorite Things" is interesting, but "Ogunde" fades out (probably due to lack of space) after about 1:55 minutes. Even a more worthwhile track like "Trinkle Tinkle" shows Coltrane within the rhythmic and melodic framework of Thelonious Monk. And where is "A Love Supreme"? And although the biographical liner notes are informative, having "60 Minutes"'s Ed Bradley talk about a club date from the 60's, or a poem by Amiri Baraka, shed little light on the artist. Although the studio selections are unshakeable monuments, a beginner would be better off with either the full albums or an overview of studio recordings. A Trane fan who has all of those would be better off with a collection of unreleased recordings."
Great My Favorite Things.
T. Cotter | 08/19/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm glad I have this set just for the live version of My Favorite Things"
A major disappointment.
T. Cotter | 10/05/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Great packaging and some great music, but all in all a poor effort. Most of the "previously unreleased" recordings are of very poor quality. After hearing them here, I understand why they were never released."