Coltrane Plays the Blues

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Coltrane Plays the Blues
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1962[1]
RecordedOctober 24, 1960
Atlantic Studios, New York City
Length40:57 original LP
SD 1382
ProducerNesuhi Ertegün
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]
Down Beat3.5/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 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]

1."Blues to Elvin"Elvin Jones7:53
2."Blues to Bechet"John Coltrane5:46
3."Blues to You"John Coltrane6:29

Side two[edit]

1."Mr. Day"John Coltrane7:56
2."Mr. Syms"John Coltrane5:22
3."Mr. Knight"John Coltrane7:31

2000 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

7."Untitled Original (Exotica)"John Coltrane5:22
8."Blues to Elvin" (alternate take 1)Elvin Jones11:00
9."Blues to Elvin" (alternate take 3)Elvin Jones5:59
10."Blues to You" (alternate take 1)John Coltrane5:35
11."Blues to You" (alternate take 2)John Coltrane5:36

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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Jazz discography