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Blue Train [Expanded Edition]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although never formally signed, an oral agreement between John Coltrane and Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion was indeed honored on Blue Train -- Coltrane's only collection of sides as a principal artist for the venerable label. The disc is packed solid with sonic evidence of Coltrane's innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry -- touching upon all forms in between. The personnel on Blue Train is arguably as impressive as what they're playing. Joining Coltrane (tenor sax) are Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone),...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although never formally signed, an oral agreement between John Coltrane and Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion was indeed honored on Blue Train -- Coltrane's only collection of sides as a principal artist for the venerable label. The disc is packed solid with sonic evidence of Coltrane's innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry -- touching upon all forms in between. The personnel on Blue Train is arguably as impressive as what they're playing. Joining Coltrane (tenor sax) are Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The triple horn arrangements incorporate an additional sonic density that remains a trademark unique to both this band and album. Of particular note is Fuller's even-toned trombone, which bops throughout the title track as well as the frenetic "Moments Notice." Other solos include Paul Chambers' subtly understated riffs on "Blue Train" as well as the high energy and impact from contributions by Lee Morgan and Kenny Drew during "Locomotion." The track likewise features some brief but vital contributions from Philly Joe Jones -- whose efforts throughout the record stand among his personal best. Of the five sides that comprise the original Blue Train, the Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer ballad "I'm Old Fashioned" is the only standard; in terms of unadulterated sentiment, this version is arguably untouchable. Fuller's rich tones and Drew's tastefully executed solos cleanly wrap around Jones' steadily languid rhythms. Without reservation, Blue Train can easily be considered in and among the most important and influential entries not only of John Coltrane's career, but of the entire genre of jazz music as well. [In 2003, an expanded edition of Blue Train was released, boasting marginally better sound than previous issues, plus the alternate takes issued on the 1997 version. It failed, however, to include another feature of the 1997 Ultimate Blue Train release, "At Least Listen," an interactive CD-ROM program featuring video clips and interview clips with Fuller circa 1995, as well as many brilliant photographs taken during the recording sessions.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724349532618
  • Catalog Number: 95326
  • Sales rank: 23,838

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Train (10:44)
  2. 2 Moment's Notice (9:10)
  3. 3 Locomotion (7:14)
  4. 4 I'm Old Fashioned (7:57)
  5. 5 Lazy Bird (7:07)
  6. 6 Blue Train (9:58)
  7. 7 Lazy Bird (7:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Drew Piano
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Paul Chambers Bass
Technical Credits
Jerome Kern Composer
Micaela Boland Art Direction
John Coltrane Composer
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Mastering, Remastering
Alfred Lion Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    This rating is not in any way reflective of the album content. &

    This rating is not in any way reflective of the album content. "Blue Train" is utterly brilliant and a must have for any jazz fan. My rating is for the warped, damn-near unplayable record that BN shipped to me. Were it not for the fact that I already opened it and the cost of properly packing it to ship it back for a refund/exchange, I'd return it. Shame on BN for this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Justin. I like all kinds of music.

    This cd is great! Any Coltrane fan will not be disappointed. Very upbeat brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant.

    On "Blue Train", John Coltrane shows glimpses of the brilliance which was yet to blossom in his career. Already established as a brilliant musician and inventive visionary, 'Trane shows why he is widely considered the genius that he is. From the opening notes of 'Blue Train', Coltrane establishes the style which no other can match-his own. Blue Train isn't one of those albums you can preview at the music store. For the love of God, buy it. Listen to it. Worship it. If jazz were (and some think it is) Heaven, then John Coltrane is God.

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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    Posted October 30, 2008

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