John Coltrane in the Winners Circle

John Coltrane in the Winners Circle


John Coltrane (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Art Farmer (trumpet), Frank Rehak (trombone), Gene Quill (alto saxophone), Al Cohn (baritone saxophone), Rolf Kuhn (clarinet), Eddie Costa (piano, vibes), Freddie Green, Kenny Burrell (guitar), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Philly Joe Jones, Ed Thigpen (drums)

Bethlehem 6066

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Lazy Afternoon
A2 - Not So Sleepy
A3 - Seabreeze
A4 - Love and the Weather
B1 - She Didn't Say Yes
B2 - If I'm Lucky (I'll Be the One)
B3 - At Home With the Blues
B4 - Turtle Walk

Recorded in September (A2-A4, B2-B4) & October (A1-A3, B1-B3) 1957 in New York City.

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".

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.