The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (Box Set)
Released: Sep 2007
Label: Impulse! Records
Yet another recording of perhaps the finest music group of all time attacking a collection of songs with such ridiculous ease that one wonders if they ever became bored with ruling the universe. What makes this one better than the others is that it contains the genius of Eric Dolphy, and you'll be glad to know that he does nothing to interfere with the near telepathic relationships between Elvin Jones, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison. It seems redundant to call it essential, but every music fan must hear this, all the way through, at least twice.