Wednesday, October 20, 2010

John Coltrane - Coltrane Jazz

While the posthumous Like Sonny is the first commercial release to include a Coltrane line-up with pianist McCoy Tyner, Coltrane Jazz is the first "official" release in the saxophonist's cannon to do so.

Recorded in '59 and '60, but released in 1961, Coltrane Jazz is Trane's second record under his Atlantic contract (which soon enough would morph into his epochal deal with Impulse!). These recordings are the first that came out in his lifetime to feature the initial versions of his classic quarter: Trane, Paul Chambers, Tyner and Elvin Jones. There were other line-ups on individual tracks but it is "Village Blues", with Tyner, Jones and bassist Steve Davis that stands out.

Coming after his innovative Atlantic debut Giant Steps, the worst that can be said of the music on Coltrane Jazz is that it is extremely solid, bluesy bop. A landmark recording for most any other musician is a fine transitional record for Trane.

Tracks: Little Old Lady; Village Blues; My Shining Hour; Fifth House; Harmonique; Like Sonny; I'll Wait and Pray; Some Other Blues.

John Coltrane — tenor saxophone
Wynton Kelly — piano
McCoy Tyner — piano on "Village Blues"
Paul Chambers — bass
Steve Davis — bass on "Village Blues"
Jimmy Cobb — drums
Elvin Jones — drums on "Village Blues"

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