Coltrane

Coltrane

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by John Coltrane Quartet
     
 

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Considered by many to be his finest single album, Coltrane finds John Coltrane displaying all of the exciting elements that sparked brilliance and allowed his fully formed instrumental voice to shine through in the most illuminating manner. On tenor saxophone, he's simply masterful, offering the burgeoning sheets of sound philosophy into endless weavings of…  See more details below

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Considered by many to be his finest single album, Coltrane finds John Coltrane displaying all of the exciting elements that sparked brilliance and allowed his fully formed instrumental voice to shine through in the most illuminating manner. On tenor saxophone, he's simply masterful, offering the burgeoning sheets of sound philosophy into endless weavings of melodic and tuneful displays of inventive, thoughtful, driven phrases. Coltrane also plays a bit of soprano saxophone as a primer for his more exploratory work to follow. Meanwhile, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and especially the stellar McCoy Tyner have integrated their passionate dynamics into the inner whole of the quartet. The result is a most focused effort, a relatively popular session to both his fans or latecomers, with five selections that are brilliantly conceived and rendered. "Out of This World," at over 14 minutes in modal trim, is a powerful statement, stretched over Tyner's marvelous and deft chords, the churning rhythms conjured by Jones, and the vocal style Coltrane utilizes as he circles the wagons on this classic melody, including a nifty key change. "Tunji" is a mysterious, easily rendered piece in 4/4 which speaks to the spiritual path Coltrane tred, a bit riled up at times while Tyner remains serene. Hard bop is still in the back of their collective minds during "Miles' Mode," a sliver of a melody that jumps into jam mode in a free-for-all blowing session, while the converse is to be found in Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes," the quintessential ballad and impressive here for the way Coltrane's holds notes, emotion, and expressive intellectuality. On soprano you can tell Coltrane is close to taking complete control of his newly found voicings, as a playful, jaunty "The Inch Worm" in 3/4 time is only slightly strained, but in which he finds complete communion with the others. Even more than any platitudes one can heap on this extraordinary recording, it historically falls between the albums Olé Coltrane and Impressions -- completing a triad of studio efforts that are as definitive as anything Coltrane ever produced, and highly representative of him in his prime.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/1997
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105021524
catalogNumber:
215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Indexed Contributor
Red Garland   Piano
Elvin Jones   Drums
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Paul Chambers   Bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mal Waldron   Contributor
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Johnny Splawn   Contributor
Bob Thiele   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Christine Lee   Graphic Design

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