John Coltrane - Black Pearls 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Jerry Del Colliano   
Tuesday, 04 March 1997

Performance Quality = 8 Sound Quality = 9

If you love Jazz you simply can not own enough Coltrane records. His catalog whether with Miles Davis or without is filled with audiophile standards and musical milestones. Coltrane creates melodies that are so smooth, melodic and compelling they keep you in awe from start to finish album after album.

I personally own over 20 Coltrane CDs. Up until the release of Black Pearls, the classic Blue Train (MFSL) had been the finest recording quality in my collection. You can't deny the performance on Blue Train however the recording via the XRCD process on Black Pearls is awe inspiring. I can't get over the presence in Trane's sax. To think this record was made in 1958, four years after the advent of stereo, compounds my amazement.

Musically, the record is in the upper echelon of Coltrane records. Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1958 the record features John Coltrane on tenor sax, Donald Byrd on trumpet, Red Garland on Piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. The record in uptempo and swinging throughout. Black Pearls is highly recommend!

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