Before John Coltrane became the jazz icon that he remains to this day, he was still plenty great. The proof lies in the copious music that makes up Fearless Leader, representing all-star sessions that Coltrane led on the Prestige label, just a few years before he started his own band. The tenor saxophonist’s sound had come together by 1957 and only grew in power, invention, and solidity through the last of these recordings, which extend to the close of 1958. Roaring through up-tempo numbers or pouring his heart out on ballads, Coltrane was the complete saxophonist, and it's no wonder Miles Davis pulled him back into his band in 1958. With associates of the caliber of bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Red Garland, and trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd, Coltrane is in fast company, and his cohorts' sterling musicianship inspires him. The chronological order of the tracks is another plus, making sense of earlier, jumbled releases. If you love Trane, this set is a must-have.
Fearless Leader [Box Set] 5 out of 5based on
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If you a serious listener of jazz music and you want to appreciate the history of how the John Coletrane came about then you need this set. I've been listening to this everyday since I got it. Soulful, passionate, and spiritual.