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Discussion: John Coltrane: Coltrane/Prestige 7105

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Post by undertone October 31, 2014 (1 of 1)
Prior to Kevin Gray's remastering for Analogue Productions, the most recent issue of this title that I've heard was the DSD-mastered 2012 Universal Japan release. Sonic impressions from a back-and-forth comparison with the Analogue Productions SACD: the Universal Japan RBCD seems to have been sourced from a first-generation copy and EQ added to brighten the high end, most noticeably in the cymbals and snare drum. Coltrane's tenor sounds more detailed and three-dimensional on the Analogue SACD, flatter and cooler on the Universal Japan CD.

The six titles were recorded by Van Gelder on May 31, 1957, around six weeks after Coltrane kicked heroin addiction, and a month before he joined Thelonious Monk's quartet. It stands apart from much of his work for Prestige due to the presence of Al Heath on drums rather than Philly Joe Jones, the more introspective Mal Waldron replacing Red Garland on three tracks, and the added horns of Johnnie Splawn and Sahib Shihab. On this date, Coltrane hasn't yet committed to the "sheets of sound" approach to soloing that Van Gelder captured on the March 26, 1958 session released as "Settin' the Pace."