Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

April 20, 2021

John Coltrane, ‘The Last Trane’ (the final Prestige LP)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 1:24 am

Bass – Earl May (tracks: A2), Paul Chambers (3) (tracks: A1, B1, B2)
Drums – Art Taylor (tracks: A2, B1), Louis Hayes (tracks: A1, B2)
Piano – Red Garland (tracks: A1, B1, B2)
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane
Trumpet – Donald Byrd (tracks: A1, B2)

Recorded: August 16, 1957 (A2)
January 10, 1958 (A1, B2)
March 26, 1958 (B1)

Studio: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey

A1 Lover 0:00
A2 Slowtrane 7:58
B1 By The Numbers 15:18
B2 Come Rain Or Come Shine 27:19


The 12 albums issued under John Coltrane’s name on the Prestige label (most assembled from sideman sessions on Prestige, after Coltrane had left the label and moved on to Atlantic and then Impulse) are among my most-played LP’s over the last 40 years. Prestige’s later owners Fantasy and then Concord have certainly kept various versions of this material in print since their original issue, which is great, as everyone should own them.

If you’d like a superbly documented and explained reissue of the whole body of Prestige work, I’d recommend the 3 box sets (5 or 6 cd’s each) issued a decade or so ago: FEARLESS LEADER, INTERPLAY, and SIDE STEPS.

Until then, enjoy this last of the Prestige album assemblages, THE LAST TRANE, released in 1966 from original 1957-58 recordings, with a cover photo showing the artist playing a soprano sax, which he does not play on the album! I spent many an after-midnight listening session in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in the early 80’s, after getting off work at a restaurant/bar after the last call, nursing a can of malt liquor, and looking out at the mostly-sleeping world, its calmness only rarely punctuated by a teenager racing a car or a distant siren or the sounds of rowdy partiers a few blocks away. I’d put the album on and drift with it, then put the needle back at the start, and maybe after 90 minutes, flip it over and then do the same.

Here is it for YOUR listening pleasure….you’ll have to provide your own malt liquor and street scene….

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