TRANE 90 REVIEWED
“Trane 90” has been my go-to Thanksgiving music, as I work on a ton of material. While I was never super into Jazz, I could appreciate Coltrane’s flow. The guy starts his career as a sideman making Monk and Davis sound amazing. Hell, most of the first disc is dedicated to those sessions. It’s somewhere between his solo stuff and his covers that we hear the guy’s immense range. The saxophone is such a weird instrument for younger listeners. I can’t hear a sax without thinking of The E Street Band.
More than anything, Trane 90 is a great entry point for new fans that want to learn more about American Jazz circa 1957-1967. It was a vibrant period and well worth music fans exploring these new sounds. My favorite disc of the set is Disc 4. Listening to Coltrane’s private tapes and direct broadcasts created something that could almost stand on its own. I know that most of you guys have gone digital for music, but pick up this 4 CD set. You won’t regret it!
- 4 discs
- 35 tracks
- Acrobat Music
RELEASE DATE: 12/9/16
The Plot Thus Far
Like Parker, Ellington, Davis and Armstrong, Coltrane is a name that requires no forename prefix to identify its owner as one of the greatest of all jazz icons. It’s also a names that instantly conjures a sound: spearing, questing, earnest, deep and intense, that of a man who, in a recorded career of around a dozen years transformed not only his own music but much of the jazz landscape around him. His death, aged 41 in 1967, left an aching chasm at the heart of an art form and nearly fifty years after his passing his legacy continues to inform much of what is thought of as innovative within contemporary jazz. Even more unbelievably, a staggering nine decades have passed since the birth of this still controversial figure, a man whose music continues to generate passionate debate both for and against. Coltrane: 90 presents a four-disc anthology charting his journey from sideman to star, covering his seminal work with leaders including Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, through his horn for hire phase as one of New York’s hottest new jazz talents, in which he recorded with everyone from fellow tenor Sonny Rollins to avant-garde gurus Cecil Taylor and George Russell, onto the formation of his own quartet, a unit that was to change both the pace and the face of jazz. Classic Coltrane performances such as Moment’s Notice, Giant Steps, Naima and Chasin’ The Trane are included, as are his scene stealing solos on tracks with Miles Davis (So What) and Thelonious Monk ( Trinkle Tinkle). However, this package is much more than a greatest hits writ-large. Complete with a major new essay on Coltrane by saxophonist and author Simon Spillett, period photographs and a bonus disc of live material tracing Coltrane’s career back to his early work with Dizzy Gillespie and Johnny Hodges, it provides the ultimate opportunity to witness Coltrane building his own legend, step by step.