Coltrane Jazz

Coltrane Jazz


John Coltrane (tenor sax), Cedar Walton, Wynton Kelly, McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis, Paul Chambers (bass), Lex Humbries, Jimmy Cobb, Elvin Jones (drums)

Atlantic 1354

ORGM Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Little Old Lady
A2 - Village Blues
B1 - My Shining Hour
B2 - Fifth House
C1 - Harmonique
C2 - Like Sonny
D1 - I'll Wait and Pray
D2 - Some Other Blues

Recorded on October 21, November 24 and December 2, 1960 at Atlantic Studios, New York City.

Coltrane Jazz is the sixth studio album by John Coltrane

In 1959, Miles Davis' business manager Harold Lovett negotiated a contract for Coltrane with Atlantic, the terms including a $7000 annual guarantee. After having recorded most of Giant Steps, Coltrane started having bridge problems, and did not return to a recording studio for six months. In the late fall, he employed the rhythm section from the Miles Davis Quintet for two Atlantic sessions, which yielded the bulk of this album and the track "Naima" for Giant Steps. "Like Sonny" is a tribute to colleague Sonny Rollins, whose playing Coltrane greatly admired.

Having left the Davis band for good in the spring of 1960, Coltrane formed his first touring quartet for a residency at the Jazz Gallery club in Manhattan, eventually settling on the line-up of Tyner, Jones, and bassist Steve Davis in September. This group entered the studio on October 21, recording "Village Blues" at the beginning of the week of sessions that produced My Favorite Things.

These recordings marks Coltrane's first use of multiphonics, the practice of extracting more than one tone at a time from the horn, which here, and unlike on any other Coltrane record, is querulously pitched, allowing him to explore new tonalities on tracks such as "Harmonique." Innovations abound. Every cut is an original composition save for Johnny Mercer's "My Shining Hour." Not surprisingly, Miles Davis' influence is felt throughout; his rhythm section is used on all but one selection.

This ORG Music LP was remastered by Bernie Grundman, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at Pallas.