John Coltrane Plays for Lovers [2003]

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Few would deny John Coltrane's genius or his substantial influence on an entire generation of jazz musicians. That said, however, his is not necessarily the name that comes immediately to mind when you're thinking about a soundtrack for romance -- Coltrane's trademark "sheets of sound" approach to modal improvisation and his sometimes harsh tone may get listeners in the mood for many things, but love might not be one of them. However, this collection of ballad recordings originally issued on various albums between 1957 and 1958 makes a good case for Trane as a bedroom minstrel. He might not play with the elegant insinuation of Ben Webster or Lester Young, but his powerful...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Few would deny John Coltrane's genius or his substantial influence on an entire generation of jazz musicians. That said, however, his is not necessarily the name that comes immediately to mind when you're thinking about a soundtrack for romance -- Coltrane's trademark "sheets of sound" approach to modal improvisation and his sometimes harsh tone may get listeners in the mood for many things, but love might not be one of them. However, this collection of ballad recordings originally issued on various albums between 1957 and 1958 makes a good case for Trane as a bedroom minstrel. He might not play with the elegant insinuation of Ben Webster or Lester Young, but his powerful tone is modulated and his incredible capacity for melodic invention is kept under control on such deathless material as the Billy Eckstine composition "I Want to Talk About You," Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," and the inevitable renditions of "Stardust" and "Like Someone in Love." It doesn't hurt at all that he is accompanied on the majority of these tracks by pianist Red Garland and bassist Paul Chambers, who by this point already formed the core of his most effective ensemble. If you own an extensive Coltrane catalog you'll probably have most of this material already, but even so, this collection makes a handy and eminently useful distillation of one aspect of his art. [The 2003 reissue of this album includes three tracks not included on the original version.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218902021
  • Catalog Number: 6020
  • Sales rank: 26,776

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist
Red Garland Piano
Art Taylor Drums
Mal Waldron Piano
Wilbur Harden Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Paul Chambers Bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Earl May Bass
Johnny Splawn Trumpet
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Alonzo Levister Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Gus Kahn Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Tom Adair Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Frederick Hollander Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For Jazz Lovers

    For anyone who loves Jazz or is just getting into "America's Music". I have only listened seriously to Jazz for two years and must say this is a classic. I play it at work and people who don't necessarily listen to Jazz comment on the smooth sound. It's great for a romantic evening or chilling out after a long day at the office. LOVE IT !!!

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