John Coltrane – Stardust (1963/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

John Coltrane – Stardust (1963/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 37:22 minutes | 433 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: July 11, 1958 (#1, 3), December 26, 1958 (#2, 4) at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2007, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Stardust is an album that was assembled from two different recording sessions that took place at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1958.

It’s hard to believe after hearing the eloquence of “Then I’ll Be Tired of You” or the title track, but John Coltrane’s ballad mastery was the last of his skills to receive wide appreciation. The notion that Coltrane the balladeer was as commanding as Coltrane the uptempo wizard or Coltrane the blues player finally gained acceptance in the early 60s, when this album first appeared and quickly became an important exhibit in the reconsideration.

The extended performances boast additional delights, including Paul Chambers’s arco bass on “Stardust,” Red Garland’s well-paced choruses on “Time After Time,” some of Wilbur Harden’s best trumpet work on “Love Thy Neighbor,” and Freddie Hubbard’s earliest on “Then I’ll Be Tired of You”; they were recorded at Coltrane’s final two sessions for Prestige.

In 1958, John Coltrane had yet to take the modal post-bop plunge. He was still a hard bopper, although his “sheets of sound” solos were certainly among the most interesting, creative, and distinctive that bop had to offer in the late ’50s. Stardust contains some highlights of two bop-oriented Coltrane dates from 1958: one is a July 11 session with trumpeter/flügelhornist Wilbur Harden, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb; the other is a December 26 session with Garland, Chambers, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and drummer Art Taylor. At both sessions, Coltrane’s playing is quite engaging. He is a lyrical, expressive ballad player on “Then I’ll Be Tired of You,” “Stardust,” and “Time After Time,” but he swings fast and aggressively on “Love Thy Neighbor” (the only track on this 39-minute program that isn’t a ballad). At both sessions, Coltrane is well served by Garland’s piano and Chambers’ bass. When Coltrane was playing alongside those jazzmen in Miles Davis’ 1955-1957 quintet, he enjoyed a strong rapport with both of them — and that rapport wasn’t any weaker in 1958. It is no coincidence that Prestige’s A&R department united Coltrane with Garland and Chambers so often; Prestige knew how compatible all of them were. Although not quite essential, Stardust paints a consistently attractive picture of Coltrane’s 1958 output. ~~AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

Tracklist:
1 Stardust 10:44
2 Time After Time 7:45
3 Love Thy Neighbor 9:22
4 Then I’ll Be Tired Of You 9:27

Personnel:
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Wilbur Harden, flugelhorn (#1), trumpet (#3)
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet (#4)
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums (#,3)
Arthur Taylor, drums (#2,4)

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