John Coltrane – Lush Life (Blue Vinyl LP by Craft)
Between the spring of 1957 and the winter of 1958, during which time Lush Life was recorded, the music of John Coltrane 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 the tenor saxophonist’s harmonic conception and torrential attack. Lush Life contains Trane’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 added to Lush Life.” Coltrane and jazz would never be the same!
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Earl May / Paul Chambers, bass
Art Taylor / Al Heath / Louis Hayes, drums
Red Garland, piano
Donald Byrd, trumpet