John Coltrane - Soultrane (Mono, 200g)
John Coltrane - Soultrane (Mono, 200g)
John Coltrane - Soultrane (Mono, 200g)
John Coltrane - Soultrane (Mono, 200g)

John Coltrane - Soultrane (Mono, 200g)

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

Bass – Paul Chambers [click here to see more vinyl featuring Paul Chambers]

Drums – Art Taylor [Click here to see more vinyl featuring Art Taylor]

Piano – Red Garland [click here to see more vinyl featuring Red Garland]

 

1 LP,  high-gloss tip-on album jacket

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 200g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Mono

Studio

Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label : Prestige

Recorded in Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on February 7, 1958 by Van Gelder

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Produced by Bob Weinstock


Originally released in 1958

Reissued in 2014


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Good Bait
  2. I Want To Talk About You

Side B:

  1. You Say You Care
  2. Theme For Ernie
  3. Russian Lullaby
    Reviews :

    « In addition to being bandmates within Miles Davis' mid-'50s quintet, John Coltrane (tenor sax) and Red Garland (piano) head up a session featuring members from a concurrent version of the Red Garland Trio: Paul Chambers (bass) and Art Taylor (drums). This was the second date to feature the core of this band. A month earlier, several sides were cut that would end up on Coltrane's Lush Life album. Soultrane offers a sampling of performance styles and settings from Coltrane and crew. As with a majority of his Prestige sessions, there is a breakneck-tempo bop cover (in this case an absolute reworking of Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby"), a few smoldering ballads (such as "I Want to Talk About You" and "Theme for Ernie"), as well as a mid-tempo romp ("Good Bait"). Each of these sonic textures displays a different facet of not only the musical kinship between Coltrane and Garland but in the relationship that Coltrane has with the music. The bop-heavy solos that inform "Good Bait," as well as the "sheets of sound" technique that was named for the fury in Coltrane's solos on the rendition of "Russian Lullaby" found here, contain the same intensity as the more languid and considerate phrasings displayed particularly well on "I Want to Talk About You." As time will reveal, this sort of manic contrast would become a significant attribute of Coltrane's unpredictable performance style. Not indicative of the quality of this set is the observation that, because of the astounding Coltrane solo works that both precede and follow Soultrane -- most notably Lush Life and Blue Train -- the album has perhaps not been given the exclusive attention it so deserves. » AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer


    "Analogue Productions has continued to push its own already high bar higher still. Its Quality Record Pressings plant is delivering the best vinyl discs to be found, its jackets and cover reproduction quality have hit new levels, and it continues to have the best in the biz - such as Kevin Gray for this series (25 mono LPs from the Prestige label's exceptional late-50s run) cut lacquers from original analog master tapes. ... Soultrane finds Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor behind the kit, and the music is mostly driving jazz. Sonics here are also excellent, with a clear, solid presence and a nice, fat saxophone sound. Here's a case where I had an earlier Analogue Productions 45 RPM pressing at hand, and to my surprise the new edition is more transparent and detailed, with a greater sense of air and 'bloom' around the instruments." — Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, December 2015

    This album continued the reinforcement of Coltrane’s importance as a stylist. As in Coltrane and John Coltrane and the Red Garland Trio, his first two albums as a leader for Prestige, the material in Soultrane is away from the ordinary. The Garland–Paul Chambers–Arthur Taylor rhythm section is a perfect accompanying unit for Trane who, by this time, was acknowledged to be — along with Sonny Rollins — one of the two most influential tenor saxophonists in jazz.

    Soultrane opens with an exploration at length of "Good Bait," a Tadd Dameron-Count Basie collaboration, first recorded by Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s. The way Coltrane plays the turns in the melody gives it a slight minuet flavor, complimented by solos by Garland and Chambers in the same, solid groove. "I Want To Talk About You" is a ballad written and originally recorded by Billy Eckstine in the mid-1940s. It’s entirely new to jazz interpretation.

    Side Two opens with a Joe Stein-Leo Robin tune, "You Say You Care," never heard before this in a jazz context. Trane makes the most of chord changes in a swinging, medium-up setting. "Theme For Ernie" is a smoldering ballad dedicated by Philadelphian Freddie Lacey to Ernie Henry, the ex-Gillespie alto saxophonist who died suddenly in December 1957. Red begins the final track "Russian Lullaby" with an out-of-tempo introduction before Coltrane comes ripping in. Taking this and Coltrane’s prior interpretation of "Soft Lights And Sweet Music," it seems as though the boys like to play their Irving Berlin at high velocity.

    Ratings : 

    AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4.52 / 5 

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