John Coltrane - The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings Of John Coltrane (7CD, mp3, 320)
THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION includes every track from the albums GIANT STEPS, COLTRANE JAZZ, MY FAVORITE THINGS, BAGS and TRANE, OLE COLTRANE, COLTRANE PLAYS THE BLUES, COLTRANE\'S SOUND, THE AVANT-GARDE, THE COLTRANE LEGACY and ALTERNATE TAKES, with songs sequenced by recording date. Disc 7 of the box set features 68 minutes of previously unreleased rehearsals, false starts and outtakes, all newly discovered. It also includes a 75-page, hardbound book with liner notes, interviews and remembrances of John Coltrane.
Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor and soprano saxophones); Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute); Don Cherry, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, Wynton Kelly, McCoy Tyner (piano); Paul Chambers, Charlie Haden, Percy Heath, Steve Davis, Art Davis, Reggie Workman (bass); Connie Kay, Art Taylor, Jimmy Cobb, Ed Blackwell, Elvin Jones, Lex Humphries (drums).
Compilation producer: Joel Dorn.
Recorded at Atlantic Studios and A and R Studios, New York, New York between January 15, 1959 and May 25, 1961. Includes a 75-page hardbound book with liner notes by Lewis Porter, Jimmy Heath, Yusef Lateef, Charles Lloyd.
THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album.
After his tenure in the great Miles Davis group of the mid-\'50s, John Coltrane was ready to strike out on his own. Although he had recorded several records on the smaller Prestige label, Coltrane\'s first major label association was with Ahmet Ertegun\'s Atlantic Records. Now all of \'Trane\'s pioneering Atlantic recordings are compiled in one huge seven-disc set entitled THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. As the content attests, this title is a fitting analogy.
Starting with the early recordings with Milt Jackson for the BAGS and TRANE album, the set chronologically follows Coltrane\'s work through the groundbreaking GIANT STEPS sessions and beyond. Many alternate takes are sprinkled throughout amidst familiar album tracks from the likes of COLTRANE JAZZ, COLTRANE PLAYS THE BLUES and the magnificent MY FAVORITE THINGS, giving a picture of the saxophonist\'s intense creativity at this period. Finally, for the true \'Trane collector, disc seven, in a unique package, includes twenty-five alternate and incomplete takes, false starts and rehearsal recordings of classics like \"Giant Steps,\" \"Naima\" and \"Like Sonny.\" This set is a powerful document of one of the most significant artists of the modern era in his prime.
01 Stairway To The Stars
02 The Late Late Blues
03 Bags and Trane
04 Three Little Words
05 The Night We Called It A Day
07 Blues Legacy
09 Giant Steps - (alternate version)
10 Naima - (alternate version)
11 Like Sonny - (alternate version)
03 Countdown - (alternate take)
04 Syeeda\'s Song Flute
05 Syeeda\'s Song Flute - (alternate take)
06 Mr. P.C.
07 Giant Steps
08 Cousin Mary
09 Cousin Mary - (alternate take)
10 I\'ll Wait And Pray
11 I\'ll Wait And Pray - (alternate take)
12 Little Old Lady
01 Like Sonny
03 My Shining Hour
05 Some Other Blues
06 Fifth House
08 The Blessing
09 Focus On Sanity
10 The Invisible
11 Bemsha Swing
01 Village Blues
02 Village Blues - (alternate take)
03 My Favorite Things
04 Central Park West
05 Mr. Syms
06 Untitled Original (Exotica)
08 Body And Soul
09 Body And Soul - (alternate take)
10 Mr. Knight
01 Blues To Elvin - (alternate take)
02 Blues To Elvin
03 Mr. Day
04 Blues To You - (alternate take)
05 Blues To You
06 Blues To Bechet
08 Everytime We Say Goodbye
10 But Not For Me
02 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
05 Dahomey Dance
07 Original Untitled Ballad (To Her Ladyship)