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3CD John Coltrane set features choice recordings from 1963 / RTE

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The perfect introduction - a three CD- set from Verve/ Impulse! features choice recordings from 1963, including the album John Coltrane made with the brilliantly expressive singer Johnny Hartman.

1963 saw some kind of revival in creative fortunes and he was coaxed into sessions. His friends pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones needed the money so producer Bob Thiele knew he could get him into Rudy Van Gelder's famed studio. Roy Haines stepped in at the drum kit when Elvin Jones was obliged to repair to the Lexington Narcotics Hospital & Clinical Research Center from mid-April to late July of 1963.

The music is drawn from a number of sources, namely Newport ‘63 and Live at Birdland and sessions are also drawn from the studio albums Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman and Dear Old Stockholm, which was released posthumously.

These sessions are accompanied by an absorbing essay from David Wild along with an interesting selection of photographs.

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