David Hajdu
August 13, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Giant: The John Coltrane Anthology

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
John Coltrane
Producers
Atlantic Jazz Gallery
genre
Jazz, Reissues

We gave it an A

Looking for a route into jazz from rock & roll? Take the Coltrane. With this career-spanning two-CD set, The Last Giant, you see not only where John Coltrane was heading when he died in 1967, but where Hendrix and Prince came from. Included are a sampling of this artist’s masterpieces (”Trane’s Blues,” from his breakout stint with the Miles Davis Quintet; the essential ”Giant Steps”) plus some precious rarities: his first recording (a jam session with a ragtag Navy band), a swinging live date with the Johnny Hodges Orchestra, and a snippet from a spacey concert just a few weeks before his death. A truly giant career neither abridged nor reshaped but glimpsed with complete clarity. A

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