|Studio album by John Coltrane|
March 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
38:51 original LP|
63:00 CD reissue
|John Coltrane chronology|
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz|||
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Coltrane Jazz is the sixth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1354. 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Coltrane are pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Steve Davis (who would within 18 months have been replaced by first Reggie Workman and then Jimmy Garrison who would stay with Coltrane until his death.)
In 1959, Miles Davis' business manager Harold Lovett negotiated a contract for Coltrane with Atlantic, the terms including a $7000 annual guarantee. After having recorded most of Giant Steps, Coltrane started having bridge problems, and did not return to a recording studio for six months. 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. "Like Sonny" is a tribute to colleague Sonny Rollins, whose playing Coltrane greatly admired.
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. 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.
|1.||"Little Old Lady"||Hoagy Carmichael, Stanley Adams||4:28|
|2.||"Village Blues"||John Coltrane||5:23|
|3.||"My Shining Hour"||Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer||4:54|
|4.||"Fifth House"||John Coltrane||4:44|
|2.||"Like Sonny"||John Coltrane||5:54|
|3.||"I'll Wait and Pray"||George Treadwell, Jerry Valentine||3:35|
|4.||"Some Other Blues"||John Coltrane||5:40|
2000 reissue bonus tracks
|9.||"Like Sonny" (alternate version 1)||John Coltrane||6:07|
|10.||"I'll Wait and Pray" (alternate take)||George Treadwell, Jerry Valentine||3:30|
|11.||"Like Sonny" (alternate version 2)||John Coltrane||8:15|
|12.||"Village Blues" (alternate take)||John Coltrane||6:17|
- John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
- Wynton Kelly – piano
- Paul Chambers – bass
- Jimmy Cobb – drums
- McCoy Tyner – piano on "Village Blues"
- Steve Davis – bass on "Village Blues"
- Elvin Jones – drums on "Village Blues"
- Cedar Walton – piano on "Like Sonny" alternate versions
- Lex Humphries – drums on "Like Sonny" alternate versions
- Nesuhi Ertegün – production
- Tom Dowd, Phil Iehle – engineering
- Lee Friedlander – photography
- Eutemey – cover design
- Zita Carno – liner notes
- Patrick Milligan – reissue supervision
- Dan Hersch – digital remastering
- Rachel Gutek – reissue design
- Hugh Brown – reissue art direction
- Neil Tessler – reissue liner notes
- Vanessa Atkins – reissue editorial supervision
- Shawn Amos – reissue editorial coordination
- Billboard Jan 30, 1961
- Coltrane Jazz at AllMusic
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
- Lewis Porter. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1999. ISBN 0-472-10161-7, pp. 117-8.
- Ben Ratliff. Coltrane: The Story of A Sound. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. ISBN 978-0-374-12606-3, p. 53.
- Porter, p. 361
- Porter, pp. 156-7.
- Porter, pp. 171-180.
- Coltrane Jazz. Rhino R2 75204 liner notes, p. 11.