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Coltranes Sound [CASSETTE]

John Coltrane Audio Cassette
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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 Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EBJ3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Night Has a Thousand Eyes
2. Central Park West
3. Liberia
4. Body and Soul
5. Equinox
6. Satellite
7. 26-2 [*]
8. Body and Soul [Alternate Take][*]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic!! 18 Oct 2009
By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe nobody has reviewed this before - from the first few notes this screams Jazz classic at you! OK, Coltrane made some great albums like A Love Supreme , Giant Steps and many others. But for sheer listening pleasure, I come back to this one more often than not.

Elvin Jones' polyrhythmic drumming is like nothing else before and behind Coltrane's super-confident Sax lines, the album's first track makes you feel up-beat straight away. One of the most positive openings to an album anywhere in recorded music!

So we start with Latin rhythms and are then into one of Coltrane's most beautiful ballads in "Central Park West" - such a wonderful tune that Coltrane doesn't even solo on the track.

Add in McCoy Tyner to the mix and you have one of the best Jazz bands ever at the peak of their powers making this a "must-own" album for any Jazz fan!

If you are not blown away by this - then you just haven't listended to it yet!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
A few months after leaving the Miles Davis group, John Coltrane recorded this album on October 24 & 26, 1960 during the ATLANTIC sessions that also produced 'My Favorite Things' and 'Coltrane Plays The Blues'. Coltrane(tenor & soprano sax); McCoy Tyner(piano); Steve Davis(bass); & Elvin Jones(drums) play five memorable compositions by the leader, plus distinctive versions of 'The Night Has A Thousand Eyes' & 'Body and Soul'(2 takes). 'Satellite' is a pianoless trio transformation of 'How High The Moon'.
The music on 'Coltrane's Sound', which wasn't released until June, 1964, still sounds fresh and exhilarating over 50 years later and this underrated album can be recommended to anyone who appreciates passionate and questing modern jazz.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good as jazz - only average for Coltrane tho.. 21 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
as a huge + passionate fan of John Coltrane for almost 20 years : "Coltrane's Sound" the Lp release from 1964 (but actually recorded in 1960) is a perfectly enjoyable Lp/Cd of JC in post - Miles Davis' group in ealry exploratory post-bop mode that features some enjoyable tracks featuring JC on both tenor + sporano playig a mixture of originals + standards with that start of what was to become JC's renowned "classic" quartet that was to release far stronger more intense + exploratory landmark Lps mainly on Impulse Label such as "Coltrane", "Africa/Brass", "My Favourite Things" , the "Live at Village Vanguard" sets, as well as the later "A Love Supreme".

the key point for jazz fans is that "Coltrane's Sound" is clearly an accomplished Lp and if released by Dexter Gordon or some of the older vanguard, would actually deserve the 5 star treatment for in comparison to many other recordings from this era it would be considered excellent. but- there are so many other stronger Lp s by Coltrane to go for first! like i said - nothing wrong with enthusiasm for one of the all time greats im music, but hey let's not get carried away out there.. "Coltrane's Sound" can be considered contempraneous of the nigh-on perfect Lp "Giant Steps" from the same period. buy that Lp instead then progess on the slightly later Impulse era Lps for the really spectacular Coltrane.

a probable 3.5 going on four stars .good but not startling - for Coltrane..
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane's bop album 21 Jan 2001
By N. Dorward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is like many Coltrane albums palpably in transition between styles. It follows on from the experiments with dense, irregularly moving chord changes of _Giant Steps_, and also contains a couple reharmonized standards, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" and "Body and Soul", which have areas of sustained modal exploration in the manner of "My Favourite Things". The band is the first edition of the "classic" Coltrane band, with Steve Davis on bass before Jimmy Garrison hopped on board.
What's most unusual about this album, perhaps, is that it's actually Coltrane's meditation on the bop heritage. Only one tune is completely original, the lovely ballad "Central Park West" (one of my favourite Coltrane tracks; he only states the melody, leaving the improvisation to Tyner, but it's so rounded a statement that like Monk's "Crepuscule with Nellie" it doesn't really need elaboration at all). The other tunes rework standard bop fare via the techniques of movement in thirds and pedal notes that obsessed Coltrane in this period. "Liberia" is a version of "A Night in Tunisia"; "Equinox" is a minor blues but borrows its intro from Parker's intro to "Star Eyes"; "Satellite" is a reworking of "How High the Moon"/"Ornithology"; "26-2" (a rather mysterious title) is a version of "Confirmation". The practice was of course already there on _Giant Steps_ ("Giant Steps" and "Countdown" are themselves based on standards like "Tune Up") but the concentration of such material, & the tenor sax shibboleth "Body and Soul", suggest a rather more self-conscious exploration of the tradition. (Note that Coltrane's albums otherwise rarely contain bop tunes, preferring to concentrate on pop standards when not playing originals.) The quartet's take on these tunes is dark, intense and brooding--this album is a long way from the sunny mood of _Giant Steps_ & _Coltrane Jazz_.
This disc is one of the most interesting of the Atlantics; don't be put off by the ghastly cover-art. This is music of a high order, a little less user-friendly than _My Favourite Things_ but no less important.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praised by Expert Coltrane Biographer Lewis Porter - This is a GREAT Release! 19 Feb 2008
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all - ignore any reviewer who claims this is not a choice Coltrane selection. I recently purchased the Lewis Porter biography "John Coltrane: His Life and His Music" Porter is the reigning Coltrane expert, he was invited to write the booklets for the Prestige box sets. Porter's book is full of praise for this release and there is even lots of musical analysis of Trane's solos.

I LOVE this release. I've been listening to Trane for over 30 years and have all of the Prestige, all of the Atlantic and most of the Impulse releases. My collection spans from his first outing as a leader up to his "difficult" Meditations. I also have EVERYTHING he recorded with Miles. I know the man's music. I'm a musician myself. Any reviewer (and there are a couple out here) that claims this is half-baked material doesn't know their CM7 from a C7#9 chord. It is an important part of the Coltrane legacy and essential listening. Reading Lewis Porter's excellent biography of Trane I learned that much of the material on this release was in Trane's original quartets book from their very first gig at the Jazz Gallery when Steve Khun and Pete La Rocca were in the band. This isn't just some half-baked release that Atlantic threw together to cash in like some other reviewers have asserted.

This release was culled from the very same October 24 - 26 1960 sessions that brought us My Favorite Things and Coltrane Plays the Blues. That session was the very first recording session of Trane's mainstay quartet in the 60's (only Steve Davis was replaced). This release was not made public until 1964 - long after Trane had left Atlantic, but that is in no way a statement on the music found here. There is nothing unusual in that, labels always store up sides in the vault for later release. Prestige did this with both Miles and Trane long after they'd moved on and their stars shone a bit brighter. It's strategic release planning.

If you enjoyed Favorite Things and Coltrane Plays the Blues, don't even give this a second thought, buy it. The intensity of the playing is similar - obviously since they were recorded during the same sessions.

I have been listening to Trane for over 32 years and I'm also a semi-pro jazz player myself (guitar) After several listens to Coltrane's Sound, I really do not understand why this release was not more popular. There isn't a weak track in the bunch and that includes the two bonus tracks 26-2 and the alt take of Body and Soul. 26-2 is interesting because Trane starts out playing his tenor but wraps things up on the soprano - something you'll find on the Complete Village Vanguard records but still, somewhat rare.

There's really not much more to say. Out of all the Atlantic Coltrane releases I own here is how they stack up as far as my preference. I'm not saying one release is better than another, it's just ordered by the my frequency of play and, if your listening habits are similar, encourage you to buy:

My Favorite Things
Coltrane Plays the Blues
Coltrane's Sound
Ole' (sometimes Ole' is #1)
Giant Steps
Bags & Trane
John Coltrane Jazz

While Giant Steps is simply amazing (understatement) I do have a preference for the work Trane did with McCoy and Elvin over the stuff with Wynton Kelly and Jimmy Cobb. Those two guys are perfect foils for Trane. Again, it's all very good, this is just my order of preference.

If you've heard the Pablo release "Afro Blue Impression" (Live in Europe) and like it then you will definitely love Coltrane's Sound.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Atlantics 10 May 2008
By G B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Coltrane's Sound was recorded at the same October 1960 sessions as My Favorite Things. (Coltrane Plays the Blues also comes from these sessions.) Though it has never achieved the same popularity as MFT, in my opinion Coltrane's Sound is actually a better album! It comes from a period where Coltrane finally got a working band (McCoy Tyner, Steve Davis, Elvin Jones) together and was shifting direction away from the harmonic density of Giant Steps and "sheets of sound" toward modal improvisation and more open structures.

Coltrane was experimenting with a bunch of approaches around this time, making variety one of this album's strengths. He plays soprano saxophone on the beautiful ballad "Central Park West" (pretty rare for him -- he usually played ballads on the tenor). "Satellite" is a piano-less trio tune. "Night of a Thousand Eyes" and "Liberia" are explosive workouts which already showcase Coltrane's powerful tenor playing and his special relationship with Elvin Jones. "Equinox" has him digging deep, deep into the blues -- some of Coltrane's finest, most powerful blues playing this side of "Chasin' the Trane". Throughout this album, his playing is overflowing with ideas.

The Atlantic recordings contain some of John Coltrane's best, most accessible, and most focused music. If you've already heard Giant Steps and My Favorite Things (or if you haven't), don't hesitate to pick up Coltrane's Sound.

[This review is based on the Deluxe edition, now out of print. The tracklists are identical.]
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane's last Atlantic album shouldn't be overlooked 28 May 2010
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
COLTRANE'S SOUND was John Coltrane's last album on Atlantic before the move to Impulse! that would inaugurate his experimental period. Recorded in October 1960 at the same sessions as for MY FAVORITE THINGS, it sees the saxophonist joined by Steve Davis on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and McCoy Tyner on piano. These are mostly Coltrane compositions with the exception of "The Night has a Thousand Eyes" and "Body and Soul".

The music here often feels centered around Coltrane's technique, his ability to play blazingly fast seemingly without any effort, as opposed to the sense of proportion and balance. That's especially true of the opening track and "Satellite". In that regard I think of it as an "early Coltrane" release as opposed to the following albums which I love so much. Nonetheless, Coltrane's great quartet was almost complete (soon Davis would be replaced by Jimmy Garrison) and the rapport between the musicians is stronger than ever before. "Central Park West" is a ballad that displays -- even better than the cuts on Coltrane's BALLADS album -- that the saxophonist was capable of slowing things down. "Liberia" has a fine sense of whimsy and humor to it that, for all their metaphysical revelations, is missing from the intense later albums. "Equinox" is the most exploratory of the tracks here, looking forward to the Impulse! years.

In building a Coltrane collection, I jumped from GIANT STEPS all the way to the Impulse! albums and was so in love with the latter that I long neglected to fill in the missing years. I'm happy I did. Among these albums, COLTRANE'S SOUND is a fine effort that shouldn't be overlooked, and I like that it shows the saxophonist reflecting on the mainstream jazz trends of the time before he went entirely his own way.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back Cover Error 7 Jun 2012
By Stanley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The back cover only lists seven songs but this is a misprint because there are actually eight. The song Body And Soul appears twice: once as an original album selection and once as a bonus alternate take. Also many dealers list this as a Charles Mingus album when in fact it is an original John Coltrane album as their picture displays suggest. Dispite the error this import version which sells for much less than the out of print American release is excellent. Personally I think the Europeans put much more care in their releases than we do here in the states.
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