Coltrane (1962 album)

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For the 1957 album of the same name by John Coltrane, see Coltrane (1957 album).
Coltrane
Coltrane Impulse cover.jpg
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released August 1962[1]
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)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

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."[5] 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.[5]

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'".[6]

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. ^ Billboard Aug 18, 1962
  2. ^ Down Beat: October 11, 1962 vol. 29, no. 26
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ a b Nastoes, Michael G. Review: Coltrane. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  6. ^ Frances Davis (2006-05-30). "The John Coltrane Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 

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