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.
Another wonderful, if less well known release from John Coltrane. It is a mark of the great man's output that he can produce an album this good, yet find that find that it receives less attention then it's considerable worth merits. In some ways this set from from 1960 shows the different directions that Coltrane was capable of taking. From the urgent and exploratory 'Liberia' to the beautiful ballad 'Central Park West' and the brooding modal sound of 'Satellite', it's all here to enjoy. Not only is Coltrane in top form but pianist McCoy Tyner contributed mightily throughout. Hear him on the fore mentioned 'Satellite' and hear how a musician can generate so much music from what is in essence a very simple repetitive vamp.
The measure of an album is how many gtimes it finds itself coming back to be played. Well, in the case of 'Coltranes Sound' , that is very often. Simply a very enjoyable listen. If you ever need a perk-up give the bonus track 'Body and Soul' a spin, it's worth the price of this set alone. Highly recommended. Ps: great remastering.
on 21 June 2011
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..