- Audio CD (August 5, 2003)
- Original Release Date: 1957
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Blue Note
- ASIN: B0000A5A0T
- Average Customer Review: 324 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,433 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Blue Train (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, August 5, 2003
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John Coltrane's most important and best selling album after "A Love Supreme", Blue Train gets with Rudy Van Gelder for a 24-bit mastering treatment. This edition features the complete session with alternate takes included.
The tenor sax giant had signed with another label when he embarked on this one-off date for Blue Note, an excursion that paid off with an enduring modern jazz masterpiece. Boasting volley after volley of smart soloing and intuitively swinging rhythm work, Blue Train is a joy, from the coolly precise ensemble entry on the opening title piece through the set's balance of elegant hard bop conversations and smooth downshifts into ballads. John Coltrane wrote four originals for the date, all of them now regarded as standards, and assembled a rhythm section including pianist Kenny Drew, Miles Davis's rhythm section of bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones, and trumpeter Lee Morgan and trombonist Curtis Fuller, both recent Blue Note recruits. Coltrane's signature sound, now fully developed but still hewing more to familiar blues and chromatic harmonies than his later modalities, is confident and expansive, and his partners respond vividly throughout. --Sam Sutherland
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Edit - Noise I though was from the vinyl was actually caused by my misaligned cartridge. Playback is now very quiet.
This is the only *true* jazz album that Coltrane did for the legendary jazz label, Blue Note. The story goes like this: Coltrane was not signed to a label at the time (late 1956 to early 1957) and went to see legendary Blue Note producer, Alfred Lion, for some Sidney Bechet albums. They talked about a record deal but the guy who handled that had already left for the day. However, Lion gave Coltrane the albums and a little advance and Coltrane said that he would return in a couple of days. But he never did and later signed with the Prestige label (the first of 3 labels that Coltrane recorded for as a main performer); he remembered later the talk with Lion and insisted that he cut one album for Blue Note, thus "Blue Train". Whether that is the way it really happened is debateable, but it makes for a good story!
Getting to the music: the personnel is outstanding as it is headed by Coltrane on tenor sax, the brilliant Lee Morgan on trumpet, the sublime Curtis Fuller on trombone, pianist Kenny Drew, and the Miles Davis rhythm section (who Coltrane was a part of at that time)of Paul Chambers on bass (who I think is the greatest jazz bassist of all-time) and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The first 2 numbers, "Blue Train" and "Moment's Notice" have become jazz standards and the version of the old standard, "I'm Old Fashioned" is outstanding. The rest of the album is excellent and there are even 2 bonus tracks in alternate versions of "Blue Train" and "Lazy Bird". If you have a MacIntosh Computer, you can even see an interview of Coltrane from this CD!
There are several versions of "Blue Train" out there including a recent release of a Rudy Van Gelder series. Don't waste your money on that version or any others; this is the version of "Blue Train" to buy. Also, if you are afraid that you have to be a Coltrane diehard or a free jazz fan, don't. This album is an excellent introduction to not only a great artist who had a tragic short career, yet brilliant one as well as jazz in general.
Anyone interested in hearing Coltrane, then pick this album up first! You won't be sorry.
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