August 18, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Heavyweight Champion

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
John Coltrane
Producers
Atlantic
genre
Jazz
We gave it a B+

Saxist John Coltrane’s most innovative and spiritual work was still to come when he made these 1959-61 recordings. But Heavyweight Champion is a languidly paced — at times hypnotic — seven-CD set. It includes his first versions of such classics as ”Giant Steps” and ”My Favorite Things.” If you’re not a hardcore fan, you’ll likely find the alternate takes repetitive. B+

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