One of the basic Coltrane's albums
Do Whan Kim | Seoul, South Korea | 06/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is in my view one of the basic Coltrane's albums. From 1957 to 1958, John Coltrane try to find his style from Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Standard Coltrane, to be fair, is a fruit that is rewarded. A fascinating compilations for early sight and sound of young Coltrane's talent. Above all, 'Spring is here' is to become another of Coltrane's favorite standards. And This is a hugely thoughtful and technically adroit reading, ranging without strain across two and a half octaves. The album is an intense spiritual and thoughtful re-construction."
I Recommend You Save Up Until You Can Buy Fearless Leader, H
Talking Wall | Queen Creek, AZ | 02/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All of Coltrane's Prestige catalog, while not so much influenced by the Eastern sounds that would later envelop his music, is wonderful. You get to hear Trane in a more traditional setting somewhere between his work with Miles (in fact he was still with Miles when this stuff was recorded) and his first steps (ha pun not intended) away from more traditional tunes on the Atlantic label. Now, there are 11 CDs that make up this catalog (Trane as a leader on Prestige). You do the math. If you buy 'em separately you are going to pay around $125.00. You can get the Fearless Leader box set right here on Amazon for half that price PLUS you get a great guide to all the music Trane recorded as a leader for Prestige, a complete "session-ography", nice picks of all the CD covers including some of those that went through some changes over the year, 45 rpm single covers and so on. It's a very nice package. Buy this if you must but I recommend you save your pennies for a few weeks until you can afford to buy Fearless Leader.Fearless Leader"