Coltrane Plays the Blues

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Coltrane Plays the Blues
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released July 1962[1]
Recorded October 24, 1960
Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 40:57 original LP
Label Atlantic
SD 1382
Producer Nesuhi Ertegün
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Down Beat 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[5]

Coltrane Plays the Blues is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1962 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1382. It was recorded at Atlantic Studios during the sessions for My Favorite Things, assembled after Coltrane had stopped recording for the label and was under contract to Impulse Records. Like Prestige Records before them, as Coltrane's fame grew during the 1960s, Atlantic used unissued recordings and released them without either Coltrane's input or approval.

On September 19, 2000, Rhino Records reissued Coltrane Plays the Blues as part of its Atlantic 50th Anniversary Jazz Gallery series. Included were five bonus tracks, all of which had appeared in 1995 on The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blues to Elvin" Elvin Jones 7:53
2. "Blues to Bechet" John Coltrane 5:46
3. "Blues to You" John Coltrane 6:29

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mr. Day" John Coltrane 7:56
2. "Mr. Syms" John Coltrane 5:22
3. "Mr. Knight" John Coltrane 7:31

2000 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Untitled Original (Exotica)" John Coltrane 5:22
8. "Blues to Elvin" (alternate take 1) Elvin Jones 11:00
9. "Blues to Elvin" (alternate take 3) Elvin Jones 5:59
10. "Blues to You" (alternate take 1) John Coltrane 5:35
11. "Blues to You" (alternate take 2) John Coltrane 5:36

Side Two track 2 recorded during the evening of October 24, 1960; the remainder during the night of the same day.[6]


Production personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard July 21, 1962
  2. ^ Coltrane Plays the Blues at AllMusic
  3. ^ Down Beat: October 11, 1962 vol. 29, no. 26
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  6. ^ Jazz discography