Four for Trane

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Four for Trane
Studio album by Archie Shepp
Released 1964 (1964)
Recorded August 10, 1964
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 36:38
Label Impulse!
Producer John Coltrane
Bob Thiele
Archie Shepp chronology
Bill Dixon 7-tette/Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary 5
Four for Trane
Fire Music

Four for Trane is a studio album by Archie Shepp released on Impulse! Records in 1964. Four of the five tracks are reworkings of pieces originally recorded on John Coltrane's 1960 Giant Steps and Coltrane Plays the Blues, rearranged by Shepp and Roswell Rudd. Coltrane himself co-produced the album alongside Bob Thiele.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection" calling it "one of the classic jazz albums of the '60s and a fascinating glimpse into how thoroughly different what was already thought of as the Coltrane revolution might sound."[3] The AllMusic review by Thom Jurek states that "Four for Trane is a truly fine, original, and lasting album from an under-celebrated musician".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Coltrane, except where noted.

  1. "Syeeda's Song Flute" – 8:30
  2. "Mr. Syms" – 7:41
  3. "Cousin Mary" – 7:14
  4. "Naima" – 7:09
  5. "Rufus (Swung His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped)" (Shepp) – 6:24



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 179. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. "Archie Shepp". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th. ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 1183. ISBN 0-14-102327-9. 
  4. ^ Jurek, T. AllMusic Review accessed April 6, 2009.