Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958
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However, since then, there have been two marvellous discoveries. The most recent find is the fabulous Carnegie Hall concert presenting the original Monk-Trane-Malik-Wilson quartet on two nearly complete sets. The other, is the performance issued on this CD, which appears complete here for the time ever. Originally recorded by Trane's wife Naima on a portable (non professional) tape recorder, this material was recorded when Coltrane had already left Monk to return with Miles, on September 11, 1958, during the sole week in which Trane replaced his own replacement, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin. In fact, Trane's son Ravi Coltrane preferred this performance over the Carnegie Hall show in spite of the sound deficiencies: ""For me, personally"", Ravi declared, ""those Five Spot recordings - with all the amateur sound and that, and the people talking and whatever - are more precious. They reveal what the group did when they were in an expansive mood. They are stretching out, they're deep into the music and the atmosphere is very strong. Also, you've got Roy Haynes on that, and he adds that rhythmic strength."" The new discoveries consist of live versions of ""Ruby my Dear"" and ""Nutty"", never before released in any format.
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The first 5 tracks were previously released as "Live at the Five Spot - Discovery!" and also on disc 4 of "The Complete Blue Note Recordings." The overall sound quality of this release does not seem significantly different than the previous releases. What's unique about this disc is it includes 2 previously unreleased tracks, "Nutty" (6:00) and an incomplete "Ruby My Dear" (faded to a length of 5:25 due to the tape running out), bringing the total running time to 56 minutes.
The lineup is Thelonious Monk on piano, John Coltrane on sax, Roy Haynes on drums, and Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass.