September 26, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A

Here is a perfect place for John Coltrane neophytes to wet their feet before diving into the deeper waters of his increasingly avant later period. Including the epochal tonal tidal wave ”Chasin’ the Trane,” this historic and exhaustive four-CD set, The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings, documents a genius in glorious transition. A

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