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Vinyl + Audio CD | LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Reissued
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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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Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, John Coltrane's Blue Train is a hard bob jazz album released on Blue Note in 1957. Certified Gold, Blue Train is Coltrane's second solo album and the only one he recorded for Blue Note as a leader although he was never formally signed to the label. Featured on the album are Coltrane on tenor sax with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Blue Train will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
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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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