John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio

John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio


John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Taylor (drums)

Prestige 7123

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Traneing In
A2 - Slow Dance
B1 - Bass Blues
B2 - You Leave Me Breathless
B3 - Soft Lights and Sweet Music

Recorded on August 23, 1957 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey

John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio is John Coltrane's third album, his second with Prestige. He joined forces with his Prestige labelmate Red Garland (piano) to command a quartet through a five-song outing supported by a rhythm section of Paul Chambers (bass) and Art Taylor (drums). The absence of any unessential instrumentalists encouraged a decidedly concerted focus from Coltrane, who plays with equal measures of confidence and freedom. The Coltrane original "Traneing In" Is a rousing blues that exemplifies the musical singularity between Coltrane and Garland. Even though Garland, the pianist, takes charge from the start, the structure of the arrangement permits the tenor to construct his solo seamlessly out of Garland’s while incrementally increasing in intensity, yet never losing the song’s underlying swinging bop.

Chambers gets in on the action with an effervescent run that quotes the seasonal favorite "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." The poignant "Slow Dance" is a dark ballad with a simple, refined tune that is established by Coltrane, then turned over to Chambers, then Garland, before the tenor brings it home with one final verse. Coltrane’s second original composition "Bass Blues" showcases Chambers’ ability to mirror even the most intricate or seemingly improvised lines from Coltrane. And "You Leave Me Breathless" provides everything that a love song should with long, languid runs by Coltrane, Garland and what is arguably Paul Chambers at his absolute finest. The album draws to a close on a bebop lover’s dream — a fast and furious interpretation of the Irving Berlin classic "Soft Lights and Sweet Music."

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige mono reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analogue master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of-the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock. 

John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio, issued in 1958 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7123, was reissued in 1961 as Traneing In, Prestige catalogue 7651, and given a different cover photo, as pictured below: