Stereo Drive

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Coltrane Time
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Studio album by
RecordedOctober 13, 1958
New York City
LabelUnited Artists
Blue Note
ProducerTom Wilson
Cecil Taylor chronology
Looking Ahead!
Coltrane Time
Love for Sale
Hard Driving Jazz Cover - pirate bootleg edition
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Stereo Drive is an album by jazz musician Cecil Taylor featuring John Coltrane, released in 1959 on United Artists Records, catalogue UAS 5014. The mono edition was issued as UAL 4014 with the title Hard Driving Jazz, and later reissued under Coltrane's name in 1963 as Coltrane Time (UAJS 15001). Compact disc reissues appeared on the Blue Note Records label credited to Coltrane. It is the only known recording featuring both Coltrane and Taylor.[2]

Taylor has described how the record company determined the choice of musicians on the session: "I said 'Coltrane okay, but I want to use all the musicians that I want.' I wanted to use Ted Curson, who's a much more contemporary trumpet player than the trumpet player I ended up with, Kenny Dorham." Relations between Taylor, who favoured a very avant-garde approach, and Dorham, who verbally disapproved of Taylor's "way-out" tendencies, were strained; and the result was an unpleasantly tension-filled session that was ultimately unsatisfactory to the pianist.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shifting Down" (Dorham) — 10:43
  2. "Just Friends" (John Klenner, Lewis) — 6:17
  3. "Like Someone in Love" (Van Heusen, Burke) — 8:13
  4. "Double Clutching" (Israels) — 8:18



  1. ^ Stereo Drive at AllMusic
  2. ^ Yanow, S. *Stereo Drive at AllMusic
  3. ^ Spellman, A. B. (1985). Four Lives in the Bebop Business. Limelight. p. 69. ISBN 0-87910-042-7.