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Traneing in [CASSETTE] [Import]

John Coltrane, Red Garland Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (1 July 1991)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000YAJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Traneing In
2. Slow Dance
3. Bass Blues
4. You Leave Me Breathless
5. Soft Lights and Sweet Music

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BBC Review

Traneing In (otherwise known as John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio) is one of the classic Prestige era Coltrane dates, along with Soultrane and Blue Train. All were recorded with Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and either Art Taylor or Philly Joe Jones on drums. At the time of recording (August 1957) the saxophonist had just finished a residency at New Yorks Five Spot with Thelonious Monk and was clearly invigorated by the experience, judging by his playing here.

The title track was to become a bit of a tour de force in Coltrane live sets for some years; an altered blues powered by the cruise control swing of Chambers, Taylor and Garland features one of the saxophonist's classic performances. Though Coltrane's spiritual period was a few years off, his obsessive dissection of harmonic possibilities in his two solos points at the shapes of things to come; there's a definite sense of a man on a mission. (Famously Coltrane asked Miles how he could bring his solos to a close, feeling that there were too many ideas bubbling up inside him: Miles's suggestion was to 'take the goddamn horn out of your mouth'). For all the technical sophistication on show, Coltrane's playing still has the blues at its heart, soaking every single note he plays with a preacher's passion. Garland is joyous, swinging and intricate simultaneously throughout the session, sometimes echoing Bud Powell's effortless complexity.

As is usual with the Prestige dates, a couple of ballads are thrown in and here Coltrane demonstrates his mastery of the form; the pensive, little known "Slow Dance" is particularly gorgeous, with both Chambers and Coltrane emotionally charged. (The saxophonist obviously took Lester Young's assertion that to play a ballad with any meaning, the musician must know the lyrics). The bassist's doleful out of tempo introduction points to the stretched ballad forms that the classic quartet of Tyner, Jones, Coltrane and Garrison were to eke out a few years later, while the leader's distinctive honeyed tones could melt the coldest heart. "Bass Blues" (a Coltrane original) betrays a slight Monk influence; here Chambers is to the fore, turning out a gutsy bowed solo. The closing "Soft Lights and Sweet Music" is accelerated to a hyperspeed blur as Chambers and Taylor nudge Garland and Coltrane into furious solos; at the end someone (maybe Taylor) sighs 'whoo' as though unable to believe they made it all the way through.

One quibble; there's an appalling mastering error around 5 minutes into the title track where the tape slows down and drops out completely, which makes it a bit tricky to wholeheartedly recommend this particular issue; an essential part of any Coltrane collection nonetheless. --Peter Marsh

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars trance music 31 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
from the first note of traneing in to the last - a hypnotic effect from John Coltrane - in a world of throw away easy
listening, something to get your teeth into for the next ten years. First heard 1979 & still listened to in 2003.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bargain 20 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
6 CDs of live John Coltrane plus a 7" vinyl single.Bootleg quality recordings,you can hear audience chat during the performences but to me this adds to the overall ambience of these recordings that sound as if they were recorded casually in a small concert setting...rank it along side The Fall 'Totale's turns' or The Velvet Underground's 'Live 1969' or 'Max's Kansas City' live albums for similar sound quality...perfect for fans but perhaps not the starting point for a beginner...and a great price.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not The Quartet! Though a quartet it is. 12 Dec 2013
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It's John Coltrane with The Red Garland Trio. The material was recorded in 1957. So it's not the 'classic' quartet recording.. In my opinion Coltrane really began to shine in 1958. The rest is history.. of the genius of saxophone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album From A Truly Great Jazz Man 25 July 2001
By Timothy J. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Another excellent offering from Coltrane. The Red Garland Trio backs him for this outing in the studio. It is a perfect blend of fast steady playing and smooth ballads. The outstanding playing from the RG3 keeps things tight and Coltrane provides the rest. It shows a still developing Coltrane sound that would continue to grow as he played on into the 1960s. A must for any kind of John Coltrane fan. It is yet another classic set from his days with the Prestige label. Buy it right now and play it loud! From the first listen you again realize why John Coltrane is one of the best jazz players in history. A true legend of the sax, case closed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A doorway 17 Jun 2009
By Tad Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album, heard over a late-night AM radio in 1958, at the end of a drunken evening and back in the quiet of my dorm room, made me love jazz. There was no turning back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great group, certainly not best record 7 Mar 2007
By Dante the Scrub - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Can't give Red Garland and John Coltrane a mere 3 stars. They're incredible musicians, together and individually. But most of their other records outshine these fine tracks. Garland's playing is typically lovely yet still interesting - flowery not in a bad way. Coltrane seems a tad uninspired - of course good but not his sharpest, even of that time. The trio w/ Coltrane is better heard on "High Pressure" and "Dig It!". Nothing beats their Miles Davis Quintet sessions of 1956, released on 4 albums, Workin', Cookin', Steamin', and Relaxin', all very highly recommended, esp. in remastered versions.
4.0 out of 5 stars DCC Classic Jazz 14 Nov 2013
By VWguy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Insert and cd were nice. Case was cracked and had to replace lid. Overall satisfied. Great Coltrane Classic audiophile cd.
4.0 out of 5 stars This was just a replacement 23 May 2013
By A. R. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
John Coltrane is always good regardless of how you are feeling at any given time... it's Coltrane Time!

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