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Tues., Feb. 13, 2024 is Day 6 of The Coltrane Legacy

New Milestones, a Soultrane Leaves the Station, and The Second Time Around for Miles Davis's First Great Quintet*

 *which, actually, isn’t a quintet anymore, but a sextet, with the addition of alto giant Cannonball Adderley.

There are many John Coltranes. But when you think of his "Sheets of Sound" period, you think of his 1958 recordings for Prestige Records. Photo by Francis Wolff.

By Matt Silver

1958 is a new time for Coltrane to do old things in new ways. To start the year, he plays his first instrument, the alto, on a Prestige All Stars date led by Gene Ammons. But the old horn sounds like the new Coltrane — almost like a tenor — and it’s the first and only commercially recorded instance of Coltrane soloing on alto. 

Next, it’s back to Miles’s band.