John Coltrane – Blue Train (Mono)
John Coltrane – Blue Train (Mono)
John Coltrane – Blue Train (Mono)
John Coltrane – Blue Train (Mono)
John Coltrane – Blue Train (Mono)
John Coltrane – Blue Train (Mono)

John Coltrane – Blue Train (Mono)

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John Coltrane – tenor saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring John Coltrane]

Kenny Drew – piano [click here to see more vinyl featuring Kenny Drew]

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

Philly Joe Jones – drums  [click here to see more vinyl featuring Philly Joe Jones]

Lee Morgan – trumpet [click here to see more vinyl featuring Lee Morgan]

Curtis Fuller – trombone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Curtis Fuller]

Written by John Coltrane (A1-2, B1, B3), Jerome Kern (B2), Johnny Mercer (B2)

 

1 LP, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Mono

Studio

Record Press : RTI

Label : Blue Note Tone Poet

Original Label : Blue Note

Recorded September 15, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack

Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder

Produced by Alfred Lion

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in January 1958

Reissued in August 2022

 

Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Blue Train
  2. Moment's Notice

Side B:

  1. Locomotion
  2. I'm Old Fashioned
  3. Lazy Bird

  

Reviews :

“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.” AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer

 

Rating:

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs 4.71 / 5 

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