Stardust [Rudy Van Gelder Edition]

Stardust [Rudy Van Gelder Edition]

by John Coltrane


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In 1958, John Coltrane had yet to take the modal post-bop plunge. He was still a hard bopper, although his "sheets of sound" solos were certainly among the most interesting, creative, and distinctive that bop had to offer in the late '50s. Stardust contains some highlights of two bop-oriented Coltrane dates from 1958: one is a July 11 session with trumpeter/flugelhornist Wilbur Harden, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, the other is a December 26 session with Garland, Chambers, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and drummer Art Taylor. At both sessions, Coltrane's playing is quite engaging. He is a lyrical, expressive ballad player on "Then I'll Be Tired of You," "Stardust," and "Time After Time," but he swings fast and aggressively on "Love Thy Neighbor" (the only track on this 39-minute program that isn't a ballad). And at both sessions, Coltrane is well served by Garland's piano and Chambers' bass. When Coltrane was playing alongside those jazzmen in Miles Davis' 1955-1957 quintet, he enjoyed a strong rapport with both of them -- and that rapport wasn't any less strong in 1958. It is no coincidence that Prestige's A&R department united Coltrane with Garland and Chambers so often; Prestige knew how compatible all of them were. Although not quite essential, Stardust paints a consistently attractive picture of Coltrane's 1958 output. [When Fantasy reissued Stardust on CD for its Original Jazz Classics (OJC) series in 1997, the July 11 session had long been available in its entirety (except for alternate takes) on a disc titled The {|Stardust Session">Stardust">The {|Stardust Session; however, performances of "Then I'll Be Tired of You" and "Time After Time" (both from the December 26 session) had only been available on CD as part of the 16-CD box set The Complete Prestige Recordings.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0888072301689
catalogNumber: 30168
Rank: 29256


Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Red Garland   Piano
Art Taylor   Drums
Wilbur Harden   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Paul Chambers   Bass
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Esmond Edwards   Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Liner Notes,Author
Robert Levin   Liner Notes
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance
Chris Clough   Reissue Production Assistance

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