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This review is from: Blue Train (Audio CD)
Together with Miles Davis' `Kind of Blue' and Dave Brubeck's `Time Out' an historic trio of modern jazz recordings of the late 1950s is ensured by John Coltrane's `Blue Train'. Coltrane played as sideman to many famous artists (including Miles Davis) but `Blue Train' employed a group of jazzmen selected by himself with numbers of his own choosing. Apart from Jerome Kern's standard `I'm Old Fashioned' the other 4 compositions are Coltrane's, and to me the best is `Locomotion' rather than the title track. The total of tracks is made up to 7 with inclusion of alternate takes of the famous `Blue Train' and `Lazy Bird'. Music is hard bop style and somewhat discordant to a traditional jazz lover like myself, yet Coltrane's raw emotion shines through the complex melodies. It is perhaps less adventurous than what was to follow but there are hints at changes with such as `Moment's Notice'. On its own `Blue Train' is a seminal recording, but along with `Kind of Blue' and `Time Out' it makes up a terrific triptych. Unsurprisingly these 3 CDs are offered together by Amazon under "Frequently Bought Together".