John Coltrane : Lush Life

John Coltrane : Lush Life


John Coltrane (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), 
Earl May, Paul Chambers (bass), Louis Hayes, Alber "Tootie" Heath, Arthur Taylor (drums)

Prestige 7188

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Like Someone In Love
A2 - I Love You
A3 - Trane's Slow Blues
B1 - Lush Life
B2 - I Hear A Rhapsody

Recorded on May 31, 1957 (B2), August 16, 1957 (A1-3), January 10, 1958 (B1) at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey

Lush Life, released in 1961 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7188, is assembled from unissued results of three separate recording sessions at Van Gelder Studio in 1957 and 1958. As Coltrane's fame grew during the 1960s long after he had stopped recording for the label, Prestige used unissued recordings to create new marketable albums without Coltrane's input or approval. 

Here is one of the musical giants of the 20th century, poised on the precipice of greatness. Between the spring of 1957 and the winter of 1958, during which time Lush Life was recorded, the music of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane (1926-1967) was developing in giant steps, thanks in great part to a six-month 1957 stint with Thelonious Monk that had much to do with sharpening Coltrane’s harmonic conception and torrential attack.

Lush Life contains Coltrane’s first recordings as sole leader, his initial date fronting a pianoless trio, and one of his first extended readings of a ballad, Billy Strayhorn’s resplendent title track. We also hear him at the helm of a quartet and quintet, featuring pianist Red Garland, with trumpeter Donald Byrd, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Louis Hayes added to “Lush Life.” Coltrane handles the tune’s delicate complexities with infinite style and finesse.

Coltrane and jazz would never be the same.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige mono reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analogue master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of-the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.