℗ © 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.
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 added to “Lush Life.” Coltrane and jazz would never be the same.
Recorded May 31, August 16, 1957, and January 10, 1958 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ.
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Earl May - bass
Arthur Taylor - drums
Donald Byrd - trumpet
Red Garland - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Louis Hayes, Albert "Tootie" Heath - drums
Producer: Bob Weinstock
Recording and remastering engineer: Rudy Van Gelder