Saturday, January 22, 2022
by Brian VanPelt
The recording sounds pristine and the instruments sound like they are in the room. The layout involves the piano and Contrane on the left, the drums and Dolphy on the right, and the bass is in the center.
Both Coltrane and Dolphy sound very clean and have the most "in your room" sound, but the drums are not far behind. The piano is sharp, but a little subdued relatively speaking. I could hear the bass even when all the other instruments were simultaneously playing.
Overall, the sound is excellent, although there are a few times when Coltrane turns his head away from the mic, and it sounds almost like tape dropouts.
The outer jacket is a nice, stout, tip-on, gatefold jacket. The inner sleeve is an anti-static bag.
My copy's pressing is nice, but on side 2 there are very light scratches spiraling through the inner groove and into the last song. These scratches are so faint, you can only see them at certain angles. They have no sonic effect.