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Bags & Trane (180 Gram Vinyl)

John Coltrane, Milt Jackson, Milt Jackson & John ColtraneVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (January 8, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00AP0KD5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Classic album reissued in a 180gm edition.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This 1960 release does both Coltrane and vibist Jackson proud. Coltrane was considered at the time a "New Wave" proponent with his then-shocking "sheets of sound" vertical attack, while Jackson was a bebop mainstay. On "Bags and Trane" they sound utterly at ease with one another and produce some beautiful jazz.
At the core of the album is the obvious respect that the two musicians had for one another. Coltrane attacks more aggressively, but his hard-edged sound proves a perfect foil for Jackson's mellow, ringing vibes. On "The Night We Called It a Day," you can hear how carefully they listened to each other, one solo blending into the other without costing the tune a beat.
Pianist Hank Jones, Jackson's Modern Jazz Quartet bandmate drummer Connie Kay and longtime Trane collaborator bassist Paul Chambers solidify the album. Jones, in particular, plays a wonderfully understated piano, relying largely on space and single notes to deepen the contrast with Trane's dense attack.
The CD adds tunes originally found on the vinyl release "The Coltrane Legacy," and the new material is a plus. The ballad "Stairway to the Stars" offers a particularly poignant turn by Coltrane, who isn't afraid to show his emotion, and "Centerpiece" is a great mellow blues.
This album will be rewarding to fans of Coltrane and Jackson alike. Best of all, if you're a fan of both (like me), you'll get a double dose from two great jazz musicians who showed how much they respected one another by listening to every musical word the other had to say.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just 3 little words... THIS IS GREAT! December 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
With all the press and discussion that surrounds the album immediately following this one, GIANT STEPS, this cd is all too often overlooked. Big mistake! This is one of my favorite cd's from Coltrane's time with the Atlantic label. I noticed in the previous reviews that a few people referred to Coltrane's sound and style as "harsh" or "attacking". That caught me off guard, I've never considered him to sound harsh on this at all. I could understand people thinking that way about some of his late-period playing but on this cd his playing flows like liquid silk. So many people think of Coltrane only as a harmonic genius but listening to this cd it is impossible to deny his total brilliance and mastery of rhythm. Quite simply, no one felt the pulse of a tune the way Coltrane did. This is not the scouring, searching, peeling away the layers of self to find redemption Coltrane of later years (a Coltrane which I myself love, but some people hate), this is Coltrane in a straight-ahead format, turning phrases inside out and back around into themselves, and doing it with incredible tenor tone. I love the sonic quality of this recording, Coltranes tone is just beyond words on this cd.

For sheer beauty and swinging mastery of melodic improvisation it almost doesn't get any better than what Coltrane does here on tunes like Be-Bop, Bags & Trane, Stairway To The Stars, etc...

And no, I am not forgetting about the rest of the band. Paul Chambers is brilliant on this cd. Milt also shows what he was made of on this cd, and he was made of some very fine stuff. What someone thinks of this cd overall may well depend on what they think of the vibraphone. If you don't like vibraphone then you may wish Milt Jackson wasn't on this, but if you do like it then this really is a classic recording.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purls like a river, erupts like a volcano April 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a very nice disc. Milt Jackson on Vibraphone calls for some funky type of riffs that seem to crescendo once or twice per solo. What is nice is that usually it will be Coltrane and Jackson back to back, leaving each other a lot of room to do individual solos, and then they will come in together very triumphantly. "Stairway to the Stars," the first track in the disc (but not on the originally LP release) is a very nice, mellow track which is perfect for a nice dinner.
I do recommend, however, that rather than buying this album you purchase "The Heavyweight Champion: John Coltrane, The Complete Atlantic Recordings." This 7-CD set may be a little pricy but you get all 10 of Coltranes Atlantic recordings plus a disc of all of the outtakes. The Bags & Trane sessions are particularly emphasized on the box set, so you get much more than you would just buying "Bags and Trane."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than snake oil. November 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Milt Jackson and John Coltrane complement one another marvelously in this collection of quintet recordings from 1959. The rhythm trio features Hank Jones on piano, assisted by Paul Chambers on bass and Connie Kay on drums. Jackson is here in familiar territory with a group that isn't far from MJQ. The differences are Coltrane and the interplay. The disc commences with a bonus track, the standard "Stairway to the Stars." Here is Coltrane in his best ballad form, excercising restraint and what is as close to lyrical as he gets. Milt Jackson spins his filligrees, nets of sound, as usual, and Coltrane answers seemingly from a distance, with clarity. The next track is Bags' "The Late Late Blues," a simple theme that Coltrane explores in his legendary sheets of sound. His clarity is such that you can hear the patterns evolve within the sheet. Paul Chambers' bass is prominent both in its steady line and in solo. "Bags & Trane" begins with a simple call and response. Bags' intricate solo is followed by Trane's brief statement, again exemplary of his improvisational skill. Hank Jones piano solo proceeds Paul Chambers' arco solo followed by traded breaks by Bags and Trane. "Three Little Words" is a mid-tempo tune that cooks. It begins with Bags' statement of the theme and then Trane establishes the groundwork for his solo and goes to the invention--arabesque variations built on the theme. Trane's solo here is exemplary--worth studying for insights into his method. Jackson's extended solo illustrates his inventiveness and Hank Jones continues into traded fours between Trane, Connie Kay, and Bags. Which leads one to extoll Connie Kay's gifts. Here is a consumate professional at work. He is delicate and tasteful when necessary, but he swings explosively as well. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gREAT music!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Nathaniel Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the better Jazz c.d.'s around. What a performance by these two great ones.
Published 2 months ago by Gary Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars my first introduction to milt jackson
I bought this as a suggestion from one of my friends Im hoooked you can put this album on repeat there is no filler on this thang ill definitely buy more milt jackson..
Published 3 months ago by gee riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable recording
As usual with this type of this one meets that one, type of recordings, this probably isn't the best work of either player, but its quite good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by L. Lubetsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jazz CD
This is a must have. All of the tracks are classic mainstream Jazz. You rarely hear Jazz this good played anywhere these days, so this CD is a best bet. Read more
Published 15 months ago by snideelf
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bop/Jazz Must Have for You
Any Coltrane or Milt Jackson ( Bags ) fans should take advantage of this classic. Kinda Blue / Miles Davis and Take Five / Dave Brubeck are along this line of MUST HAVES if you... Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Daddiot3
1.0 out of 5 stars Product is Mislabeled
I bought this CD based on customer reviews and after auditioning the free audio samples on Amazon. When I received the product, the CD inside was different from what was described... Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by Ferdinand D. Fulgencio
1.0 out of 5 stars NEVER BUY DIGITAL JAZZ!!!!
Jazz will never sound as it should when mastered on a digital format. Analog vinyl LP's or magnetic tape (as a distant second) is the best way to go. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by Ravman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album made better with bonus tracks
This 1959 recording displays tenor saxophonist John Coltrane at his peak, along with vibraphonist Milt Jackson, who was always at his peak. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by James A. Vedda
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised By How Interesting This Is
I picked this up largely on the reviews out here on Amazon. I was sort of skeptical as I am so partial to Trane's recordings with Elvin on drums. Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by Mark
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