[4 December 2009]
Before Mr. Coltrane became a jazz giant, he had to pay his dues, just like everyone else. Jazz “sidemen” were basically musicians for hire by studios. If an established artist or band was recording and needed a horn, they hired a sideman. Coltrane made music this way in New York City in the mid-‘50s, learning his trade and honing his craft. This selection focuses on those recordings, revealing a very versatile jazz artist. This five-disc box set features 24-bit remastering from the original analog master tapes, a 72-page book with rare photographs, discography, and sessionography, essays by music historian Ashley Kahn, interview transcript with Prestige founder Bob Weinstock, and fully reproduced original album cover artwork and notes.