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John Coltrane (1926-67) was the most relentlessly exploratory musician in jazz history. He was always searching, seeking to take his music further in what he quite consciously viewed as a spiritual quest. In terms of public recognition, this quest began relatively late. The tenor saxophonist, a native of North Carolina who later moved to Philadelphia, was 28 when he joined the Miles Davis ... Read more in Amazon's John Coltrane Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Jan. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002I50
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Old Lady
2. Village Blues
3. My Shining Hour
4. Fifth House
5. Harmonique
6. Like Sonny
7. I'll Wait And Pray
8. Some Other Blues
9. Like Sonny (Alternate Take)
10. I'll Wait And Pray (Alternate Take)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Long on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The music here is really great and was mainly recorded shortly before classic "Giant Steps". The line up is John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Wyton Kelly / McCoy Tyner piano, Paul Chambers / Steve Davis bass, and Jimmy Cobb / Lex Humphries / Elvin Jones drums. All the tracks are brilliant, but for me the stand out track is the uptempo "Like Sonny". Not only do you get to hear the take that made it onto the original LP but 2 alternate takes where you get to hear the development of the track leading up to the final take, which are very different and interesting as well as very catchy. I recommend this CD to all John Coltrane fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Coltrane Jazz album recording (released in 1961) formed part of a pivotal period in John Coltrane's career, coming as it did between (and partly overlapping with) the recordings of two of the man's legendary albums, Giant Steps (predominantly recorded in early 1959) and (his album of popular covers) My Favourite Things (recorded late 1960). Whilst, for me, Coltrane Jazz does not quite match up to either of these recordings, it nevertheless provides a very interesting (and impressive) account of Coltrane's approach to composition and playing at the time.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given that the album contains five Coltrane compositions (and only three covers), the approach and sound of Coltrane Jazz is more akin to the straight-ahead (and bluesy) style of Giant Steps rather than the brilliant extended pyrotechnics of My Favourite Things - essentially with the replacement of Tommy Flanagan and Art Taylor with Wynton Kelly and Jimmy Cobb, on piano and drums respectively, and retaining Paul Chambers on bass. For example, I think of the Coltrane Jazz's superb original Some Other Blues as being something of a companion piece to Giant Steps' classic Mr PC, with which it shares a number of structural and sonic similarities. Of the other Coltrane originals here, his tribute to Sonny Rollins, Like Sonny, is probably my favourite, on which Coltrane builds a superb solo following the tune's moody, swinging opening, whilst each of Harmonique, with its quirky beat and extravagant polyphonic playing by the band leader, and Village Blues, an initially strolling, and increasingly vibrant and rhythmic blues, and the only tune to feature the 'alternative' quartet including McCoy Tyner, Steve Davis and Elvin Jones, are also both impressive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Martin on 30 Sept. 2013
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That's all I can say - its superb great tunes, especially the little known opener, a hidden gem of Hoagy Carmichael
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vladlen Ionov on 23 Jan. 2008
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Just a quick note. Instead of mentioned 12 tracks there is in fact:
Side One
1. Little Old Lady
2. Village Blues
3. My Shining Hour
4. Fifth House
Side Two
5. Harmonique
6. Like Sonny
7. I'll Wait And Pray
8. Some Other Blues
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Grows in stature 2 April 2003
By Tyler Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Overshadowed by the critical buzz generatd by "Giant Steps" and "My Favorite Things," lacking the exoticism of "Ole" or the big-name partnerships of "Bags and Trane," or "The Avant-Garde," this album is one of the least-discussed of the saxophonist's Atlantic recordings. And I did find it easy to overlook it when I first heard it many years ago.
On first listening it seemed, for some reason, to lack the usual emotion of a Coltrane recording. On repeated listenings over the years, I've come to appreciate the album much more and now consider it a very solid midlevel entry in his discography (which makes it a pretty darn good album).
True, the playing on some of the tracks (Little Old Lady"; "My Shining Hour") is not as compelling as we expect from Trane; they're certainly worth listening to, but they feel more like some of his more ordinary material from the Prestige years. And unlike the nearly perfectly crafted "Giant Steps" and "My Favorite Things," the album doesn't have that "spot-on" sound that makes you feel like he could not have produced an album that could sound better.
Still, it's a Coltrane album, so satisfying listening moments are not lacking. For the power that only a really good Trane solo can offer, there's "Harmonique," with its memorable tag in which he plays more than one note simultaneously. "Fifth House" effectively displays his interest in Eastern sounds; "Like Sonny" has a very attractive Latin-tinged line with some exciting, fluid soloing; "I'll Wait and Pray" is a typically effective ballad; and "Some Other Blues" shows once again his mastery of that form.
"Coltrane Jazz," recorded in 1959, featured Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums), the next-to-the-last time that Coltrane would record with a group that did not include McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. While those two obviously became Trane's closest collaborators over the next seven years, this rhythm section shines in its own right. Coltrane and Chambers have their usual excellent rapport, Kelly contributes a bright and swinging sound, and Jimmy Cobb, for my money, was simply one of the best drummers of the time and doesn't disappoint here.
All in all, "Coltrane Jazz" may not grab you immediately, but the patient listener will find it delivers many pleasurable moments.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
a crazier step 17 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This record is overshadowed by the one preceding it, namely the technically superb Giant Steps which blew up Bebop from inside out, and the one that came after it, the nice but tame sounding My Favourite Things with the commercial hit of the same name. But it is more experimental than the accomplished complex Giant Steps, and though the blowing there had a razorsharp edge, here the playing of Coltrane is richer, even if it has sometimes an unsure feel to it and doesn't hit as hard and fast, due probably to the unknown territory he was beginnning to explore once more. Strange harmonical effects are tried out and melodically a more exotic and diverse atmosphere is reached. Coltrane Jazz also has something wild about it that Favourite things lacks. More than once you'll find yourself exclaiming this is crazy. And beautifull... It is the first sign of the great things to come in the Impulse period.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A nice transitional album 7 Dec. 2005
By G B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was one of Coltrane's transitional LPs, released between two of his best-known albums (Giant Steps and My Favorite Things). In fact, the original album draws from sessions that made up both albums -- one track ("Village Blues") from the My Favorite Things/Coltrane Plays the Blues/Coltrane's Sound sessions (October 1960), and the other 7 from the sessions that also produced one classic tune for Giant Steps ("Naima", December 1959).

As you would expect, the album has a transitional feel, fitting in between its better known neighbors. While most of the performances are very good, few of them have the bracing impact of the best Coltrane Atlantics and I wouldn't put this one in the first tier. (My personal favorites are Coltrane's Sound, Coltrane Plays the Blues, and Giant Steps.) "Village Blues" was most listeners' first taste of the McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones rhythm section, and sounds similar to another minor blues recorded around the same date ("Equinox", on Coltrane's Sound).

The 1959 tunes are divided between more traditional, conservative tunes and more radical experimentation, all with the great Wynton Kelly/Paul Chambers/Jimmy Cobb rhythm section as backup. The best of the experimental tracks is "Fifth House", based on Tad Dameron's "Hot House". Like "My Favorite Things", "Ole" and many other noteworthy performances, Coltrane spends much of his time improvising intensely on one vamp. "Harmonique" is another interesting tune -- Coltrane incorporates saxophone multiphonics (playing more than one note at a time) into the song's melody, providing an exotic sound. I feel the song is hamstrung a bit by the more traditional rhythm section, which sounds a little too tight. Out of the more straightforward tracks, "Some Other Blues" is a very nice preview of the Coltrane Plays the Blues album (even if it doesn't quite match the heights of that album); "Like Sonny" is a very catchy tune that combines Latin and straight-ahead rhythms; "I'll Wait and Pray" is a beautiful if not quite top-of-the-line Trane ballad performance; and "Little Old Lady" and "My Shining Hour" are two nice bouncy performances.

As far as the bonus tracks, the most interesting are two takes of "Like Sonny" from the March 1959 (pre-Giant Steps) session. Lex Humphries and Cedar Walton (I think) replace Cobb and Kelly, making the rhythm section a little more beboppish.

If you like Giant Steps, Coltrane's Sound, and My Favorite Things, Coltrane Jazz is definitely worth picking it up, though it probably isn't the most essential of the Coltrane Atlantics.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Neglected Treasure (look for the best edition) 16 April 2008
By Caponsacchi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Despite coming after the revolutionary "Giant Steps" (Coltrane's most important, musically influential album, in my estimation), this recording, also on Atlantic, features a more conservative, melodically-minded Coltrane than the previous outing (with a few harmonically adventurous exceptions such as "Fifth House" and "Harmonique"). There are three rhythm sections, with Wynton Kelly the pianist on 6 of the 12 tracks comprising my copy (a 2004 release in the Atlantic Masters series). McCoy Tyner and Cedar Walton occupy the piano chair on the other tracks, but the proceedings are especially grooving, the solos unfailingly melodic and inventive on the tracks with the always infectious, felicitous Kelly piano (Paul Chambers also deserves much of the credit). To anyone who knows the American Songbook, the performance of Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer's "My Shining Hour" (taken up-tempo) is bound to be a highlight. And Coltrane leaves his soprano in its case, which is just fine by me. This is close to being essential Coltrane--similar to the vibe of "Blue Train" but better--if only because, with only one instead of three horns, Trane gets three times the playing time.

[Even a negative vote beats the apathy normally received by Coltrane and the music itself. Whatever one thinks of this reviewer's humble attempt to represent this music accurately, don't let that be an obstacle to experiencing this music first-hand.]
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Listen to it and Listen to it and Listen to it... 6 July 2000
By john challenger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Many of the songs on this extraordinary album were recorded during the "Giant Steps" sessions, a landmark CD that often unfairly overshadows this record. It's innocuous title, "Coltrane Jazz," causes many to overlook it, but don't fall into the same trap. I've been listening constantly to this CD for the past three or four months and I cannot take it off my playlist. It is phenomenally beautiful music. It lasts and lasts and lasts!
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