Ballads (John Coltrane album)
|Studio album by John Coltrane|
|Released||End of January/early February 1963|
|Recorded||December 21, 1961; September 18 and November 13, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|John Coltrane chronology|
(Original Lp release)
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz|||
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
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 (mono) and later AS-32 (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". In 2008, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award.
- "Say It (Over and Over Again)" (Frank Loesser)– 4:18
- "You Don't Know What Love Is" (Gene DePaul)– 5:15
- "Too Young to Go Steady" (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)– 4:23
- "All or Nothing at All" (Arthur Altman)– 3:39
- "I Wish I Knew" (Harry Warren)– 4:54
- "What's New?" (Bob Haggart)– 3:47
- "It's Easy to Remember" (Richard Rodgers)– 2:49
- "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" (Jimmy Van Heusen)– 3:10
- John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
- McCoy Tyner – piano
- Jimmy Garrison (#1-6, 8), Reggie Workman (#7) – bass
- Elvin Jones – drums
- Billboard Feb 16, 1963
- Down Beat: March 28, 1963 vol. 30, no. 8
- Allmusic review
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
- Original liner notes by Gene Lees
- Grammy Hall of Fame website, retrieved 9 November 2013.
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