Coltrane (1962 album)

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For the 1957 album of the same name by John Coltrane, see Coltrane (1957 album).
Coltrane
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released August 1962
Recorded April 11, June 19, 20, and 29, 1962; Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Modal jazz
Length 39:55
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
Live! at the Village Vanguard
(1961)
Coltrane
(1962)
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
(1962)

Coltrane is a 1962 studio album by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. When reissued on CD, it featured a Coltrane composition dedicated to his hero "Big Nick" Nicholas which Coltrane would record later the same year with his Ellington collaboration Duke Ellington & John Coltrane.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic's Michael G. Nastos gave the album four-and-a-half out of five stars and called it "a most focused effort, a relatively popular session to both his fans or latecomers, with five selections that are brilliantly conceived and rendered."[1] He found Coltrane "simply masterful" on tenor saxophone with a "fully formed instrumental voice" that "shine[s] through in the most illuminating manner", and wrote of the album's standing in his catalog:

Even more than any platitudes one can heap on this extraordinary recording, it historically falls between the albums Olé Coltrane and Impressions — completing a triad of studio efforts that are as definitive as anything Coltrane ever produced, and highly representative of him in his prime.[1]

Francis Davis of The Village Voice felt that, apart from the "modal, three-quarter time novelty hit" "The Inch Worm", consumers should buy the album for "the gorgeous 'Soul Eyes' and a shattering 'Out of This World'".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

  1. "Out of This World" (Harold Arlen) — 14:06
    • Johnny Mercer wrote lyrics for this song, but this recording is instrumental
  2. "Soul Eyes" (Mal Waldron) — 5:26
  3. "The Inch Worm" (Frank Loesser) — 6:19
  4. "Tunji" ( Coltrane) — 6:33
  5. "Miles' Mode" (Coltrane) — 7:31

Bonus tracks on 1997 CD reissue (IMPD-215):

  1. "Big Nick" (Coltrane) — 4:04
  2. "Up 'Gainst The Wall" (Coltrane) — 3:13

Tracks 1-2 recorded on June 19, 1962; #3, 6 on April 11; #4 on June 29; #5 on June 20; #7 on September 18, 1962. Bonus track "Not Yet" recorded on June 20 of the same year.

2002 deluxe edition[edit]

Disc One

  1. "Out of This World"  — 14:04
  2. "Soul Eyes"  — 5:25
  3. "The Inch Worm"  — 6:14
  4. "Tunji"  — 6:32
  5. "Miles' Mode"  — 7:31

Disc Two

  1. "Not Yet" (Tyner) — 6:13
  2. "Miles' Mode" — 7:08
  3. "Tunji" — 10:41
  4. "Tunji" — 7:55
  5. "Tunji" — 7:16
  6. "Tunji" — 7:48
  7. "Impressions" (Coltrane) — 6:32
  8. "Impressions" — 4:33
  9. "Big Nick"  — 4:28
  10. "Up 'Gainst the Wall"  — 3:15

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nastoes, Michael G. Review: Coltrane. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  2. ^ Frances Davis (2006-05-30). "The John Coltrane Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 

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