Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, “like finding a new room
in the Great Pyramid.”
With the discovery of the ¼”reference tapes that Coltrane took home with him after the recording session - a session that was completely unknown and for which
master tapes don’t exist – an important chapter in the evolution of Coltrane’s music can now be heard for the first time.
Featuring the Classic Quartet – John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones – and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music
on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory
directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward.