This deluxe two-CD set contains a few revelations (a brief 1946 recording of "Hot House" featuring a 20-year-old John Coltrane
, an aircheck with Dizzy Gillespie
, and a rare side by Gay Crosse & the Good Humor Six
in 1952) but mostly repackages familiar material and includes nothing from Coltrane
's very important years with Impulse. Why weren't all four of the 1946 sides included, and why are only the first 90 seconds heard from Coltrane
's final performance before it fades out? The accompanying booklet is quite attractive, but this set only gives an incomplete picture of the great saxophonist and is more for casual fans than completists.