Combining many different elements of traditional Jazz as well as a few of his own, John Coltrane's instrumental performance and band leadership ensured him a place among the genre's elites -- Coleman, Rollins and Davis, to name three. Like Rollins, Coltrane played the saxophone, but unlike Rollins, Coltrane's style incorporated avant-garde "atonal" elements as well as tradition tonal flourishes. Coltrane was an avant-garde innovator alongside Coleman during the period in which these recordings are taken. A consummate virtuoso throughout his career, Coltrane was at his best when he and his band were melodious in addition to virtuous. Like Davis, Coltrane had a way with melody. The Very Best of John Coltrane is Coltrane at this best, melodious and virtuous. The influence of Rollins and Davis are felt, but this compilation is classic Coltrane. Classic. Duh.