John Coltrane had yet to move into his modal post-bop phase in 1958 when he recorded a session for Prestige Records on July 11 with trumpeter/flügelhornist Wilbur Harden, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, the results of which were issued in 1962 as Standard Coltrane. His groundbreaking modal work with Miles Davis on Kind of Blue was still a few months into the future, which makes this set more historical than vital or transitional, although it’s pleasant enough, featuring Coltrane on several standards, including a ten-plus-minute version of “Invitation.” Other Coltrane material from this 1958 Prestige era ended up on the albums Stardust (1963) and Bahia (1965), and all of it, including these four tracks, has been collected on The Stardust Session from Prestige Records, which is probably the way to go.
01 – Don’t Take Your Love from Me
02 – I’ll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
03 – Spring is Here
04 – Invitation
John Coltrane – tenor sax
Wilbur Harden – trumpet
Red Garland – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums
Recorded in Hackensack, NJ; July 11, 1958.
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