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Settin' the Pace | John Coltrane | Pre Loved Vinvl

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Settin' the Pace is an album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in December 1961 by the Prestige label. It is assembled from previously unissued tracks from a recording session at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1958. Coltrane on tenor saxophone is accompanied by Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. With Garland and Chambers, Coltrane had played together since at least October 1955 in Miles Davis' band. With Art Taylor they were part of the Tenor Conclave recordings in September 1956. As a quartet they had already recorded two albums for Prestige, John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio and Soultrane. The material the quartet recorded on this session were extended interpretations of three popular songs and "Little Melonae", a classic bebop tune written by Jackie McLean. Of note is Coltrane's use of the sheets of sound technique, particularly on "Little Melonae".

Track Listing

  1. "I See Your Face Before Me" (Howard DietzArthur Schwartz) – 9:59
  2. "If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You" (Dietz, Schwartz) – 9:22
  3. "Little Melonae" (Jackie McLean) – 14:05
  4. "Rise 'n' Shine" (Buddy DeSylvaVincent Youmans) – 7:16

Bonus Track

  1. "By the Numbers" (Coltrane) – 12:00


As Coltrane's profile increased during the 1960s, Prestige released recordings without Coltrane's input or approval. The original mono recordings were not remastered in stereo until 1970 and released on Prestige's "Jazz Classic Series" as Trane's Reign (PRT 7746). Original Jazz Classics reissued the album again in 1983 on LP, then followed by its first digitally remastered CD release in 1987. A technically advanced remastering (XRCD) was produced by Akira Taguchi for JVC in 2008 with an additional bonus track.

A reviewer for AllMusic wrote: "This is not the fire-breathing saxophonist of the mid-'60s, but a player who was beginning to push against the boundaries, all the while playing with thoughtful, imaginative lyricism... Anyone who likes the mainstream jazz of the '50s, or Miles' music of that time, or Coltrane fans who want to hear their idol in an easygoing context, should pick this up."

The authors of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings stated that, in comparison with Soultrane, Settin' the Pace "is much less venturesome and might easily be mistaken for a second-string selection from the same date."

Justin Gawaziuk of All About Jazz commented: "Settin' the Pace may not be the definitive lyrical album..., but it still ranks close to [Coltrane's] best work. Chronologically, it is key in the development of jazz in the late 1950’s and development of Coltrane as a player. Highly recommended!"

Progrography's Dave Connolly remarked: "The approach on this session seems formulaic: state the theme, cram in about five minutes (or more) of solos and return to the main theme at the end. I'm glad these sessions weren't lost to time, but whether or not you find time for it is a question of how much time in your life you've carved out for Coltrane."

Released : December, 1961

Recorded : March 26, 1958

Studio: Van Gelder (Hackensack )

Genre:  Jazz, hard bop

Duration : 52.44

Label : Presitige, PRLP 7213

Producer : Bob Weinstock

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