Ballads (John Coltrane album)

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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!
Producer Bob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 2/5 stars[1]
(Original Lp release)
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

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".[3] In 2008, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award.[4]

Track listing[edit]

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


Additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Down Beat: March 28, 1963 vol. 30, no. 8
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Original liner notes by Gene Lees
  4. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame website, retrieved 9 November 2013.