Sunday, February 27, 2011

John Coltrane - Complete Recordings with Dizzy Gillespie (1950, Verve)

The first eight tracks here are from Nov. 21, 1949 and Jan. 9, 1950, John Coltrane's first two recorded appearances. Its not the upper echelon, in fact, its difficult to fathom the giant that he would later become. He hadn't kicked heroin at this time and soon Diz would fire him in the first of a long list of Trane's firings. The important thing to remember here is that you're listening to one of the greatest musicians of all time. I would liken it to a Christian watching the birth of baby Jesus. Pretty special.

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