Ballads (John Coltrane album)

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Ballads
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released 1963
Recorded December 21, 1961; September 18 and November 13, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 32:18
Label Impulse!
A-32
Producer Bob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
(1962)
Ballads
(1962)
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
(1963)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Ballads is a jazz album by John Coltrane. It was recorded in December 1961 and 1962, and released on the Impulse! label in 1963 as A-32 and later AS-32 (the "s" is for "stereo"). Critic Gene Lees stated that the quartet had never played the tunes before. "They arrived with music-store sheet music of the songs" and just before the recordings, they "would discuss each tune, write out copies of the changes they'd use, semi-rehearse for a half hour and then do it". Each piece was recorded in one take, except for "All or Nothing at All".[2] In 2008, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award.[3]


Track listing[edit]

  1. "Say It (Over and Over Again)" (Jimmy McHugh) – 4:18
    • Frank Loesser wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental.
  2. "You Don't Know What Love Is" (Gene DePaul) – 5:15
    • Don Raye wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental.
  3. "Too Young to Go Steady" (Jimmy McHugh) – 4:23
    • Harold Adamson wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental.
  4. "All or Nothing at All" (Arthur Altman) – 3:39
    • Jack Lawrence wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental.
  5. "I Wish I Knew" (Harry Warren) – 4:54
    • Mack Gordon wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental.
  6. "What's New?" (Bob Haggart) – 3:47
    • Johnny Burke wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental.
  7. "It's Easy to Remember" (Richard Rodgers) – 2:49
    • Lorenz Hart wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental.
  8. "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" (Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:10
    • Phil Silvers wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Original liner notes by Gene Lees
  3. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame website, retrieved 9 November 2013.