Boomkat Product Review:
This release rests its focus on 1957, a key year in the life and artistic development of John Coltrane. The album lifts selections from four important recording sessions in which the legendary saxophonist played alongside Tadd Dameron, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan and Red Garland. "Over the all too brief 40 years of his life, John Coltrane had a profound and far-reaching effect on the world of jazz and beyond. Yet acclaimed as he already was after spells as a sideman with giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, it was only in 1957 that his musical vision began to truly find focus. The "spiritual awakening" of which he spoke prompted him to make wholesale changes in his lifestyle. Out, went the bad habits that had made many fear for his life, to be replaced by an all-consuming quest to make music that transcended national and cultural boundaries, bringing both player and listener to a state of connectedness with God."