John Coltrane : Soultrane

John Coltrane : Soultrane

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

Prestige 7142

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Good Bait
A2 - I Want To Talk About You
B1 - You Say You Care
B2 - Theme For Ernie
B3 - Russian Lullaby

Recorded on February 7, 1958 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Soultrane is the fourth studio album by John Coltrane as a leader, the third and last with Prestige Records according to his contract. It was recorded three days after a Columbia Records session for Miles Davis and the Milestones album. 

This album continued the reinforcement of Coltrane’s importance as a stylist. As in Coltrane and John Coltrane and the Red Garland Trio, his first two albums as a leader for Prestige, the material in Soultrane is away from the ordinary. The Garland–Paul Chambers–Arthur Taylor rhythm section is a perfect accompanying unit for Trane who, by this time, was acknowledged to be (along with Sonny Rollins) one of the two most influential tenor saxophonists in jazz.

Soultrane opens with an exploration at length of "Good Bait," a Tadd Dameron-Count Basie collaboration, first recorded by Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s. The way Coltrane plays the turns in the melody gives it a slight minuet flavor, complimented by solos by Garland and Chambers in the same, solid groove. "I Want To Talk About You" is a ballad written and originally recorded by Billy Eckstine in the mid-1940s. It is entirely new to jazz interpretation.

Side Two opens with a Joe Stein-Leo Robin tune, "You Say You Care," never heard before this in a jazz context. Trane makes the most of chord changes in a swinging, medium-up setting. "Theme For Ernie" is a smoldering ballad dedicated by Philadelphian Freddie Lacey to Ernie Henry, the ex-Gillespie alto saxophonist who died suddenly in December 1957. Red begins the final track "Russian Lullaby" with an out-of-tempo introduction before Coltrane comes ripping in. Taking this and Coltrane’s prior interpretation of "Soft Lights And Sweet Music," it seems as though the boys like to play their Irving Berlin at high velocity.

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.