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Coltrane's Sound

John ColtraneAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
2. Central Park West
3. Liberia
4. Body And Soul
5. Equiniox
6. Satellite
7. 26-2
8. Body And Soul (Alternate Take)

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Saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. He influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant tenor saxophonists in jazz history. He received many awards, among them a posthumous Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2007 for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz."

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane's bop album January 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is like many Coltrane albums palpably in transition between styles. It follows on from the experiments with dense, irregularly moving chord changes of _Giant Steps_, and also contains a couple reharmonized standards, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" and "Body and Soul", which have areas of sustained modal exploration in the manner of "My Favourite Things". The band is the first edition of the "classic" Coltrane band, with Steve Davis on bass before Jimmy Garrison hopped on board.
What's most unusual about this album, perhaps, is that it's actually Coltrane's meditation on the bop heritage. Only one tune is completely original, the lovely ballad "Central Park West" (one of my favourite Coltrane tracks; he only states the melody, leaving the improvisation to Tyner, but it's so rounded a statement that like Monk's "Crepuscule with Nellie" it doesn't really need elaboration at all). The other tunes rework standard bop fare via the techniques of movement in thirds and pedal notes that obsessed Coltrane in this period. "Liberia" is a version of "A Night in Tunisia"; "Equinox" is a minor blues but borrows its intro from Parker's intro to "Star Eyes"; "Satellite" is a reworking of "How High the Moon"/"Ornithology"; "26-2" (a rather mysterious title) is a version of "Confirmation". The practice was of course already there on _Giant Steps_ ("Giant Steps" and "Countdown" are themselves based on standards like "Tune Up") but the concentration of such material, & the tenor sax shibboleth "Body and Soul", suggest a rather more self-conscious exploration of the tradition.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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First of all - ignore any reviewer who claims this is not a choice Coltrane selection. I recently purchased the Lewis Porter biography "John Coltrane: His Life and His Music" Porter is the reigning Coltrane expert, he was invited to write the booklets for the Prestige box sets. Porter's book is full of praise for this release and there is even lots of musical analysis of Trane's solos.

I LOVE this release. I've been listening to Trane for over 30 years and have all of the Prestige, all of the Atlantic and most of the Impulse releases. My collection spans from his first outing as a leader up to his "difficult" Meditations. I also have EVERYTHING he recorded with Miles. I know the man's music. I'm a musician myself. Any reviewer (and there are a couple out here) that claims this is half-baked material doesn't know their CM7 from a C7#9 chord. It is an important part of the Coltrane legacy and essential listening. Reading Lewis Porter's excellent biography of Trane I learned that much of the material on this release was in Trane's original quartets book from their very first gig at the Jazz Gallery when Steve Khun and Pete La Rocca were in the band. This isn't just some half-baked release that Atlantic threw together to cash in like some other reviewers have asserted.

This release was culled from the very same October 24 - 26 1960 sessions that brought us My Favorite Things and Coltrane Plays the Blues. That session was the very first recording session of Trane's mainstay quartet in the 60's (only Steve Davis was replaced). This release was not made public until 1964 - long after Trane had left Atlantic, but that is in no way a statement on the music found here. There is nothing unusual in that, labels always store up sides in the vault for later release.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Atlantics May 10, 2008
By G B
Format:Audio CD
Coltrane's Sound was recorded at the same October 1960 sessions as My Favorite Things. (Coltrane Plays the Blues also comes from these sessions.) Though it has never achieved the same popularity as MFT, in my opinion Coltrane's Sound is actually a better album! It comes from a period where Coltrane finally got a working band (McCoy Tyner, Steve Davis, Elvin Jones) together and was shifting direction away from the harmonic density of Giant Steps and "sheets of sound" toward modal improvisation and more open structures.

Coltrane was experimenting with a bunch of approaches around this time, making variety one of this album's strengths. He plays soprano saxophone on the beautiful ballad "Central Park West" (pretty rare for him -- he usually played ballads on the tenor). "Satellite" is a piano-less trio tune. "Night of a Thousand Eyes" and "Liberia" are explosive workouts which already showcase Coltrane's powerful tenor playing and his special relationship with Elvin Jones. "Equinox" has him digging deep, deep into the blues -- some of Coltrane's finest, most powerful blues playing this side of "Chasin' the Trane". Throughout this album, his playing is overflowing with ideas.

The Atlantic recordings contain some of John Coltrane's best, most accessible, and most focused music. If you've already heard Giant Steps and My Favorite Things (or if you haven't), don't hesitate to pick up Coltrane's Sound.

[This review is based on the Deluxe edition, now out of print. The tracklists are identical.]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmistakably Coltrane
This is an album that many intelligent jazz writers refer to, so I just had to have it in my collection. To say that I am more than satisfied is an understatement. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gavin Franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album
I don't know what else to say. This is a very good album with good engineering and great songs by an amazing performer.
Published 8 months ago by Andrew J Maier
5.0 out of 5 stars Back Cover Error
The back cover only lists seven songs but this is a misprint because there are actually eight. The song Body And Soul appears twice: once as an original album selection and once as... Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Stanley
4.0 out of 5 stars Not meant for release?
Here we have a record that many consider an underrated gem, a classic. All Music calls it, " of the most highly underrated entries in Coltrane's voluminous catalog" yet it... Read more
Published on October 11, 2011 by Lawrence Peryer
4.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane's last Atlantic album shouldn't be overlooked
COLTRANE'S SOUND was John Coltrane's last album on Atlantic before the move to Impulse! that would inaugurate his experimental period. Read more
Published on May 28, 2010 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless music
This comes right after the more popular "My Favorite Things" in the Coltrane cannon, recorded at the same 1960 sessions. No matter. It sold less, at least initially. Read more
Published on March 20, 2010 by Bradley F. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his finest
Reviewers tend to go on and on about such obvious Coltrane masterpieces as My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme, but I believe that Coltrane's Sound is on the same artistic level... Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by Keith
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 Endless riches
This is the first jazz album that I bought (1973), completely by chance, and the moment I listened to it, I knew that I was hooked forever. Read more
Published on July 7, 2009 by Robert J. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Individualism begins to melt away
More stellar cuts from a truly inspired session Coltrane held in October of 1960 was perhaps overshadowed by counterpart MFT, though the quality on both nearly remain... Read more
Published on May 5, 2009 by IRate
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