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Interplay [5 CD Box Set] Box set, Original recording remastered

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John Coltrane is one of jazz's most influential musicians, but one is hard put to find followers who actually play in his style. Rather, he is influential by example, inspiring musicians to experiment, take chances, and devote themselves to their craft. Interplay, a special 5-CD set highlighting Coltrane's side-man sessions of the 1950's, isn't just a window into his own art, it's a primer of 1950's jazz itself.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B000ULQVCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Ryan on December 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you aren't already a completely geeked-out jazzophile, then you might have some difficulty understanding just how cool this box set is. Any jazz fan can obtain a copy of Coltrane's "My Favorite Things," "Giant Steps," "Blue Trane" and "A Love Supreme." These are must-own disks for even casual fans of good jazz, as they represent high water marks in the relentlessly searching and creative contours of John Coltrane's career. Nevertheless, they can only tell part of the story. Years before John Coltrane had developed the momentum to pursue his solo career, he worked as a session musician, adding a dose of intensity and brilliance to numerous recording sessions. Since these albums were credited to a variety of artists - some of them dedicated exclusively to the session musicians gathered for that particular recording - many of them languished in obscurity. With titles such as "Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors," "Tenor Conclave" and "Baritones and French Horns," it is no wonder that they vanished from the limelight, but the music tells a story remarkably more complex and fascinating than the unimaginative titles suggest (Amazingly, the latter disk had a playing speed of 16 RPM, making it unplayable on many record players, and unlistenable on others, due to the poor quality of the slow playing speed).
If you owned an original copy of these releases today, they'd be valuable collector's items, but from an artistic perspective, the contents prove to be even more valuable. Hearing John Coltrane and Webster Young exchange contrasting solos is an immensely rewarding experience (and previously almost impossible). Add in team players like Kenny Burrell, Art Taylor and Paul Chambers, and it seems impossible that this session could have lapsed into obscurity.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Houck on December 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
There is at least one great thing about this set. The remastering is superb. The original re-issues done by Phil De Lancie (if memory serves) were some of the most natural sounding digital re-issues at the time (1988-1992). But, I gather from conversations that I have had with a recording engineer friend, there have been significant improvements in the software and hardware used in remastering since then. And these Prestige re-issues apparently benefit from those improvements. If you are into MP3 or you don't care about high resolution playback, then ignore these re-releases. Otherwise, they are well worth it from a sonic point of view. For what its worth, my reference (in most cases) is the original (or early reissue) vinyl played back on a very good vinyl rig. Finally, the remasters hold their own.

As for the music, I find it fascinating to hear Coltrane working out his musical approach as he passed through these diverse combos. There is usually an edge to his solos that can almost put him at odds with the concept of the rest of the group. But he manages to stay acceptably close to the chord changes and the consensus style. These sets make me appreciate Coltrane anew. Kudos to the remastered re-issues of the Prestige catalog that have been emerging since around 2006.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Bernhard Rohrbacher on October 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Arguably, any collection of Coltrane recordings from the mid-fifties through the mid-sixties, even as a sideman, merits the highest rating available. So why only four stars? Blame it on Prestige. That record company's sins at the time these sides were recorded are well-known: No rehearsal time for musicians that did not regularly play with each other, no re-takes (hence the sometimes embarrassing mistakes on these records), out-of-tune pianos (although not here), and wafer-thin vinyl pressings, all in the name of fast profits. In reissuing this music now, Prestige could have done penance for these sins, but they missed that opportunity in a number of ways. First, Prestige omitted one track each from "The Cats" and "Chattin' With Coltrane And Quinichette" on which Coltrane lays out. As these tracks are integral parts of these session, they are essential to a full understanding of the music. And as the last of the five discs is relatively short, they could have been included there had Prestige seen fit to do so. The result being that I have to hold on to my old disks that do contain the extra material. Second, the only alternate tracks Prestige decided to include are two they released, for whatever -- undoubtedly arbitrary (read: monetary) -- reasons in the sixties. Given the importance of Coltrane to jazz and music in general, we are entitled to hear every note he ever played -- just as we are entitled, and have been given the opportunity, to hear pretty much every note ever played by Charlie Parker, the only other saxophone player who can rival Coltrane in importance, although in a different register. Third, why is a photo of Jackie McLean, who does not play on any of these tracks, included among the photos of the musicians who do?Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Virtually every one of the countless notes recorded before 1965 (or before Elvin and McCoy' departure) is priceless and collectable--issuing from arguably the most influential tenor voice (if not instrumentalist) in jazz history's second half. But just as John's last two years often required sitting through questionable contexts, many of these early sessions have long stretches of down-time when Trane isn't playing. Mal Waldron, inarguably a composer of considerable talent, can be painful to listen to as a piano soloist, even on his own "Soul Eyes" (and the recording techniques at Prestige with respect to the sound of acoustic piano don't help).

There's much of value on every track of the set, but the cost almost makes individual downloading more attractive. Or, better yet, seeking out the individual albums will afford the listener the a fuller sense of the historical context of each recording. I was delighted when "Tenor Conclave" was digitized and made available as a CD, as well as "Two Tenors," since both LPs were already in my collection but beginning to exhibit wear. The former is an indispensable date, primarily because of the brilliance of Hank Mobley, who rises to the challenge (more so than Zoot Sims or Al Cohn) of meeting Trane head-on. Hank, once labeled the "middleweight champion" of the tenor sax, shows his "heavyweight" credentials on this occasion (like the Archie Moore did when he got in the ring against Cassius Clay), especially his "cadenza" at the end of "How Deep Is the Ocean.
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