Coltrane Jazz

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Coltrane Jazz
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary or February 1961[1][2][3]
RecordedMarch 26, 1959 (9 & 11)
November 24, 1959 (1, 7 &10)
December 2, 1959 (3-6 & 8)
October 21, 1960 (2 & 12)
Atlantic Studios, New York City
GenreJazz
Length38:51 original LP
63:00 CD reissue
LabelAtlantic
SD 1354
ProducerNesuhi Ertegün
John Coltrane chronology
Giant Steps
(1960)
Coltrane Jazz
(1961)
Lush Life
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[7]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[6]

Coltrane Jazz is the sixth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in early 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1354.[1][2][3][8] The song "Village Blues" is noted as a landmark recording, as it marks the first session date of the early John Coltrane Quartet on record. Featured alongside Coltrane are pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Steve Davis.

Background[edit]

In 1959, Miles Davis' business manager Harold Lovett negotiated a contract for Coltrane with Atlantic, the terms including a $7000 annual guarantee.[9] After having recorded most of Giant Steps, Coltrane started having bridge problems, and did not return to a recording studio for six months.[10] In the late fall, he employed the rhythm section from the Miles Davis Quintet for two Atlantic sessions, which yielded the bulk of this album and the track "Naima" for Giant Steps.[11] "Like Sonny" is a tribute to colleague Sonny Rollins, whose playing Coltrane greatly admired.[12]

Having left the Davis band for good in the spring of 1960, Coltrane formed his first touring quartet for a residency at the Jazz Gallery club in Manhattan, eventually settling on the line-up of Tyner, Jones, and bassist Steve Davis in September.[13] This group entered the studio on October 21, recording "Village Blues" at the beginning of the week of sessions that produced My Favorite Things.

On June 20, 2000, Rhino Records reissued Coltrane Jazz as part of its Atlantic 50th Anniversary Jazz Gallery series. Included were four bonus tracks, two of which had appeared in 1975 on the Atlantic compilation Alternate Takes, the remaining pair earlier issued on The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings in 1995. Two bonus tracks, the alternate versions of "Like Sonny", had been recorded at the March 26, 1959 sessions that were not used for Giant Steps.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Little Old Lady"Hoagy Carmichael, Stanley Adams4:28
2."Village Blues"John Coltrane5:23
3."My Shining Hour"Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer4:54
4."Fifth House"John Coltrane4:44

Side two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Harmonique"John Coltrane4:13
2."Like Sonny"John Coltrane5:54
3."I'll Wait and Pray"George Treadwell, Jerry Valentine3:35
4."Some Other Blues"John Coltrane5:40

2000 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Like Sonny" (alternate version 1)John Coltrane6:07
10."I'll Wait and Pray" (alternate take)George Treadwell, Jerry Valentine3:30
11."Like Sonny" (alternate version 2)John Coltrane8:15
12."Village Blues" (alternate take)John Coltrane6:17

Personnel[edit]

Production personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Editorial Staff, Cash Box (28 January 1961). "Atlantic's LP Kick-off for 1961" (PDF). The Cash Box. The Cash Box Publishing Co. Inc., NY. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Editorial Staff, Billboard (30 January 1961). "Coltrane Jazz". The Billboard. The Billboard Publishing Co. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b DeVito, Chris; Fujioka, Yasuhiro; Schmaler, Wolf; Wild, David (2013). Porter, Lewis (ed.). The John Coltrane Reference. New York/Abingdon: Routledge. p. 570. ISBN 978-1135112578.
  4. ^ Coltrane Jazz at AllMusic
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  8. ^ Editorial Staff, Cash Box (11 February 1961). "Coltrane Jazz" (PDF). The Cash Box. The Cash Box Publishing Co. Inc., NY. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  9. ^ Lewis Porter. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1999. ISBN 0-472-10161-7, pp. 117-8.
  10. ^ Ben Ratliff. Coltrane: The Story of A Sound. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. ISBN 978-0-374-12606-3, p. 53.
  11. ^ Porter, p. 361
  12. ^ Porter, pp. 156-7.
  13. ^ Porter, pp. 171-180.
  14. ^ Coltrane Jazz. Rhino R2 75204 liner notes, p. 11.