John Coltrane - In The Winners Circle (Mono)
John Coltrane - In The Winners Circle (Mono)
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John Coltrane - In The Winners Circle (Mono)
John Coltrane - In The Winners Circle (Mono)

John Coltrane - In The Winners Circle (Mono)

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John Coltrane - Tenor Saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring John Coltrane]

Donald Byrd (Trumpet) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Donald Byrd]

Frank Rehak (Trombone : A2,B2), Gene Quil (Alto Saxophone), Al Cohn (Baritone Saxophone), Eddie Costa (Piano : A2, B2), Freddie Green (Guitar : A2), Oscar Petiford (Bass), Philly Joe Jones (Drums A2), Ed Thingpen (Drums A4)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape: YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press: Pallas

Label: Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Bethlelem

Recorded September & October 1957 in New York City

Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1958

Reissued in Oct 2013


Tracks :

Side A :

1. Lazy Afternoon
2. Not So Sleepy
3. Seabreeze
4. Love and the Weather

Side B :

 1. She Didn't Say Yes
2. If I'm Lucky (I'll Be the One)
3. At Home With the Blues
4. Turtle Walk


Reviews :

"Pure Pleasure Records has done an outstanding job re-mastering this mono session to 180-gram vinyl. All of the instruments have clarity and rich tonality. There may be some confusion over the title, but John Coltrane – In The Winners Circle is large ensemble bop jazz at its finest. [On my turntable this vinyl had a slight flutter & wow; careful if you’re sensitive to that…Ed.", John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

Rare stuff from John Coltrane! The album features Trane playing tenor on only 4 of the album's 8 tracks – making it kind of surprising that they used his name in the title – but the album is a lesser-known batch of large group recordings that offer an interesting early chapter in his career! The main force behind the album is arranger Harry Tubbs – possibly not a name that's as sexy as John Coltrane, hence the billing – but a worthy leader for the date, given the quality of the music

Many of the other players here are small combo heroes who can also shine brightly in bigger groups – such as Donald Byrd and Art Farmer on trumpets, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Al Cohn on baritone sax, Eddie Costa on piano and vibes, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – plus Rolf Kuhn, making an early American appearance on clarinet. Coltrane gets in some nice, but short moments on the date – but the bigger charm is the full ensemble work – on titles that include "She Didn't Say Yes", "Turtle Walk", "At Home With The Blues", "Seabreeze", and "Love & The Weather".


Ratings :

Discogs :  4.71 / 5  

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