John Coltrane (tenor sax), Cedar Walton, Wynton Kelly, McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis, Paul Chambers (bass), Lex Humbries, Jimmy Cobb, Elvin Jones (drums)
recorded in 1960
ORGM Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)
Brand New and Sealed Record
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 October 21, November 24, 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.
Mastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman