Olé Coltrane

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Olé Coltrane
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Studio album by
ReleasedFirst week of November 1961[1]
RecordedMay 25, 1961
StudioA&R Studios, New York City
GenreModal jazz
Length36:50 original LP
45:50 CD reissue
SD 1373
ProducerNesuhi Ertegun
John Coltrane chronology
Olé Coltrane
Live! at the Village Vanguard
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Down Beat3.5/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[5]

Olé Coltrane is the ninth album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1373. The album was recorded at A&R Studios in New York, and was the last of Coltrane's Atlantic albums to be made under his own supervision.


Two days prior to the recording of Olé Coltrane, Coltrane had made Africa/Brass, his inaugural recording session for his new label, Impulse! Records, at the new Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.[6] With one further album due his old label Atlantic, he brought in his working quintet along with two participants in the Africa/Brass sessions, Art Davis and Freddie Hubbard.[7] Owing to his concurrent contract with Prestige Records, Eric Dolphy was listed on the credits under the pseudonym George Lane.[8]

Coltrane's interest in the music of Spain evident in "Olé", may have been spurred by his ex-employer Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain from the previous year.[9] The structure and melody of the modal jazz vamp "Olé" was borrowed from the Spanish folk song "El Vito" (maybe better known as "El Quinto Regimiento" from the Spanish Civil War (also known as "Venga Jaleo"), which was made known by Pete Seeger), while the soprano saxophone work recalled 1961's "My Favorite Things".

The titles for the songs on side two reflect the band's continued interest in African forms as expressed on the May 23 Africa/Brass recordings. McCoy Tyner commented: "On 'Dahomey Dance' [Coltrane] had a record of these guys who were from Dahomey, which is why he used two bassists. He showed that rhythm to Art Davis and Reggie Workman. So the influence was there."[10]

On September 19, 2000, Rhino Records reissued Olé Coltrane as part of its Atlantic 50th Anniversary Jazz Gallery series. Included was a single bonus track which had appeared on The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings in 1995.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

1."Olé"John Coltrane18:17

Side two[edit]

1."Dahomey Dance"John Coltrane10:53
2."Aisha"McCoy Tyner7:40

1989 reissue bonus track[edit]

4."To Her Ladyship"Billy Frazier8:54


Production personnel[edit]


Olé has also been performed and recorded by Noah Howard on his live albums Live In Europe, Vol. 1 (1975) and Berlin Concert (1977) and by Coltrane's later sideman Pharoah Sanders, on his live album Heart is a Melody from 1982.


  1. ^ Billboard Nov 6, 1961
  2. ^ Olé Coltrane at AllMusic
  3. ^ Down Beat: February 1, 1962 vol. 29, no. 3
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 47. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Lewis Porter. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1999. ISBN 0-472-10161-7, p. 364.
  7. '^ 'Olé Coltrane. Rhino R2 79965, liner notes, pp. 2-4.
  8. ^ Porter, p. 212
  9. ^ Porter, p. 212
  10. ^ Watrous, Peter (1993). "John Coltrane: A Life Supreme". In Rowland, Mark; Scherman, Tony (eds.). The Jazz Musician. St. Martin's Press. pp. 177–178.