John Coltrane

Both albums (Coltrane and Ballads) will be reviewed here concurrently with a brief overview of Coltrane's all too brief life and career. Both albums remain true to their original format, however the original recordings have been revamped and re-mastered. Also several never before released selections are included o­n both double set CDs. Rudy Van Gelder, the original engineer from both of these 1962 recordings has returned to oversee the remixing. Gelder incorporates superior tape sources this time around to produce the best versions of these two fine albums ever re-released (that's a kind of a tongue-in-cheek remark). Umpteen reissues of Coltrane's works exist, making it confusing to comprehend the actual cycle of his album releases and the development of his technique. Impulse Records is marking 2002 as the 75th anniversary of the birth of John Coltrane. Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. Coltrane played with all the "greats," Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Dizzy Gillespie, just to name a few. It is extremely sad that Coltrane's musical forays o­n the alto and tenor sax ceased at the young age of forty. He died July 17, 1967 at Huntington Hospital in Long Island New York of a liver ailment. Thirty-five years later millions of fans around the world are still enjoying his music. The man has passed away, but his music lives o­n and this is o­ne of the true trademarks of a musical legend.

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