The first three tracks on LUSH LIFE (from May and August 1957) were recorded in a trio session with only bass and drums accompanying Trane on tenor. The piano-less format is surprisingly full sounding and Coltrane\'s solos are at once fun loving and thoughtful. The playing of Earl May (bass) and Art Taylor (drums) is warm and robust and perfectly compliments Coltrane\'s muscular, R&B-inspired lyricism.
Tracks four and five (from January 1958) feature a different rhythm section along with some elegant, delicate piano work from Red Garland. The title track is an unabashedly romantic, film noir-ish tour-de-force that completely enthralls the listener for all of its nearly 14 minutes. In addition, the cut features an astonishingly beautiful trumpet solo from the great Donald Byrd. Recorded in the same period as BLUE TRAIN, one of Coltrane\'s greatest masterpieces, LUSH LIFE is a perfect example of the master\'s early playing at it\'s most sensitive and exuberant.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on May 31 & August 16, 1957 and January 10, 1958. Originally released on Prestige (7188).
John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Red Garland (piano); Earl May, Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor, Louis Hayes, Albert \"Tootie\" Heath (drums).