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Evolution: The Road To Giant Steps

Artist: John Coltrane
John Coltrane - Evolution: The Road To Giant Steps CD
Label: Chrome Dreams
Regular Price: $18.95
On Sale For: $14.97 
Year: 2011
Format: CD

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In March 1957, Miles Davis was as mad as hell. Two of his musicians, saxophonist John Coltrane and drummer Philly Joe Jones, were hooked on heroin and starting to bring a sense of chaos into the ranks. Davis’s patience was pushed to the limit - he had a band to run and a reputation to uphold and their antics were beginning to cost him a lot of cash. His tolerance totally evaporated after a gig in New York in early spring. Davis later wrote; “I got so mad with him (Coltrane) that I slapped him upside his head and punched him in the stomach in the dressing room.” Inevitably, Miles also fired John on the spot.

Two months later Coltrane was clean. On the sleeve of his 1965 opus A Love Supreme he wrote: “During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life.”

Between the summer of 1957 and January 1960 - when he released his first bona fide musical masterpiece - he was rarely off the stage or out of the recording studio.

This 4-CD set focuses on the music he made during four momentous years that eventually culminated in Giant Steps, and traces Coltrane’s development from an unsure, relatively unknown sideman to assured band leader and iconic jazz pathfinder.

With a track-list that includes some of the finest Jazz of the 1950s, played by Coltrane as part of bands led by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Red Garland and a host of other greats, as well as relevant cuts from the solo albums he recorded between ‘57 and ‘60 on the Prestige and Blue Note labels, the eclectic range of music presented here goes some way to illustrate how it was that John Coltrane came to compose and record his1960 masterpiece.

With detailed sleeve-noted by esteemed Jazz journalist Charles Waring, fully illustrated booklet and deluxe packaging, this CD Set will prove a delight for both fans of John Coltrane and for those with even a hint of an interest in the development of modern jazz.
ARTISTS
John Coltrane (tenor sax); Tommy Flannagan (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor (drums); Wynton Kelly (piano); Jimmy Cobb (drums) plus Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Hank Mobley, Tadd Dameron, Johnny Griffin, Paul Quinichette, Mal Waldron, Thelonious Monk, Red Garland, Kenny Burrell, Wilbur Harden and more.
TRACKS
CD 1
1. Trane’s Blues (with Miles Davis)  8:37
2. Tenor Madness (with Sonny Rollins) 12:08
3. Tenor Conclave (with Hank Mobley, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims) 11:05
4. ‘Round Midnight (with Miles Davis) 5:55
5. Soultrane  (with Tadd Dameron) 5:18
6. All The Things You Are (with Johnny Griffin) 10:14
7. Dakar (with Prestige All Stars) 7:11
8. Cattin (with Paul Quinichette) 7:23
9. Bakai 8:44

CD2
1. The Way You Look Tonight (with Mal Waldron) 8:23
2. Straight Street 6:20
3. Chronic Blues 8:15  
4. I Hear A Rhapsody 5:58
5. Epistrophy (with Thelonious Monk) 10:45
6. Ruby, My Dear (with Thelonious Monk) 6:20
7. Trane’s Slow Blues 6:03
8. Like Someone In Love 4:57
9. Traneing In 12:36
10. Locomotion  7:13

CD3
1. Blue Train 10:39    
2. Billie’s Bounce (with Red Garland) 9:26
3. Milestones (with Miles Davis) 5:42  
4. Russian Lullaby 5:35
5. Freight Trane (with Kenny Burrell) 7:19
6. On Green Dolphin Street (with Miles Davis Quintet) 9:55
7. Dial Africa (with Wilbur Harden) 8:44
8. So What (with Miles Davis) 9:22
9. Flamenco Sketches (with Miles Davis)

CD 4: ‘Giant Steps’
1. Giant Steps 4:43
2. Cousin Mary 5:45
3. Countdown 2:21
4. Spiral 5:56
5. Syeeda’s Song Flute 7:00
6. Naima 4:21
7. Mr. P.C. 6:57
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