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4.4 out of 5 stars
Coltrane's Sound
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on 22 December 2017
I like all kinds of Jazz, but never bought a Coltrane album/CD before as I had so much of his stuff on other collections and he always seemed to crop up on playlists and etc. without me having to go and search for his music. But I heard this CD while staying at a friend's house and loved listening to it all the way through, so I went out and bought it. If you like mid-20th century Jazz, you'll love this.Coltrane's Sound
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on 2 May 2017
The best track on here is Coltrane's modal reworking of Body and Soul. The rest aren't that memorable or exciting to be honest.
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on 6 September 2015
Great bebop album
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on 17 February 2017
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on 19 September 2017
This is a fine album of the Coltrane Quartet from the sessions (24th & 26th October 1960) that produced My Favorite Things, the title track of which is simply perfect. After Coltrane left Atlantic for Impulse his popularity grew still further. Since they has unreleased material Atlantic put together Coltrane's Sounds. Several reviewers, at the time and since, really don't like the cover painting. This was a marketing ruse as this was one of four albums released together, along with Tonight At Noon (Charles Mingus), Vibrations (Milt Jackson) and Stitt Plays Bird (Sonny Stitt) with matching cover paintings by Marvin Israel, which I like.

On this album we hear the Coltrane Quartet on great form, okay so these were numbers originally not selected for release but none of them is second rate or unworthy. At the time Coltrane was rather put out at not being consulted and that might explain this album's reputation as a lesser album, which is undeserved
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 February 2016
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.
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on 18 October 2009
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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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 8 May 2012
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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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..
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