This was inevitable, huh? I don't think the pre-Columbia era will be served well by an album-by-album approach, especially given that his career pre-dates the album era, so let's do this: Phase 1: the Birth of the Cool sessions and Roost performances. Enough of us seem to have this that we can give it a dedicated discussion. Phase 2: all pre-Coltrane recordings, including his Bird apprenticeship, his Prestige albums, the Blue Note sides, and other odds and ends that have surfaced. Phase 3: the Prestige quintet sessions with Coltrane that make Workin', Relaxin', Steamin' and Cookin'. Since these were 'albumed' from just a couple sessions, we'll treat them as one. Phase4: The Columbia era, which will begin the actual album-by-album discourse. I won't start separate discussions for posthumous live albums (like the 1969 live outings with Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea on electric piano), so just discuss these along the way at the appropriate chronological point (in this case, with/after 'In a Silent Way'). =================================================== So let's start, with the sides that later became known as Birth of the Cool. I really love jazz on 78s. There's a conciseness in solo construction that's absent in so much of today's jazz. The ability of the soloist to convey form--not the harmonic form of the piece but the form of the solo with a well-constructed beginning, middle and end--is dearly missed. I love the solos on 'Godchild,' especially the way Mulligan begins his solo by interacting with the ensemble. The scores of these tunes, made from the original parts and with the horn solos transcribed, is widely available in book form nowadays. A valuable resource! Any comments or thoughts on these sessions?