2014 Vinyl Reissue Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Prestige Records and the 90th birthday of Legendary Recording Engineer Rudy Van Gelder
It’s hard to believe after hearing the eloquence of “Then I’ll Be Tired of You” or the title track, but John Coltrane’s ballad mastery was the last of his skills to receive widespread appreciation. The notion that Coltrane the balladeer was as commanding as Coltrane the uptempo wizard or Coltrane the blues player finally gained acceptance in the early 60s, when this album first appeared and quickly became an important exhibit in the reconsideration.
Stardust actually consists of two separate recording sessions that took place at the studio of the legendary Rudy Van Gelder in 1958. The incredible line up for these sessions included, in addition to John Coltrane on tenor saxophone; Wilbur Harden on flugelhorn and trumpet; Freddie Hubbard also on trumpet; Red Garland on piano; Paul Chambers on bass; Jimmy Cobb on drums; and Art Taylor also on drums.
The extended performances on Stardust boast additional delights, including Chambers’ arco bass on “Stardust,” Garland’s well-paced choruses on “Time After Time,” some of Harden’s best trumpet work on “Love Thy Neighbor,” and Hubbard’s earliest on “Then I’ll Be Tired of You”; they were recorded at Coltrane’s final two sessions for Prestige.
John Coltrane Stardust Track Listing:
2. Time After Time
3. Love Thy Neighbor
4. Then I’ll Be Tired Of You