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This album is Mastered for iTunes. From his last days as a sideman with Miles Davis to his final recordings, saxophonist John Coltrane built a reputation for extended, explorative solos and fierce, sometimes even ferocious playing. So it’s both refreshing and illuminating to hear his quartet succinctly play eight softer standards. “Say It (Over and Over Again)” opens the album, and it's as much a showcase for pianist McCoy Tyner’s elegant chordal accompaniment and solo as the bandleader’s expressively urbane tone. Drummer Elvin Jones’ masterful brushwork is a highlight of “Too Young to Go Steady,” while his unaccompanied introduction to “All or Nothing At All” is a master class in the lyrical possibilities of the entire kit. (Bassist Jimmy Garrison doesn’t solo but is an authoritative presence throughout.) Of historical note: “It’s Easy to Remember” was one of two numbers first recorded by this seminal band, back in December 1961.

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This is sublime. Buy the actual record. This is a classic album.


Born: September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

1960 was a major turning point for John Coltrane (born September 23, 1926, died July 17, 1967). It was in 1960 that the big-toned saxophone giant left Miles Davis' employ for good, made modal jazz (as opposed to hard bop) his main focus, and formed a highly influential group of his own. That group was the New York-based John Coltrane Quartet, whose original lineup included Trane on tenor and soprano sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums, and Steve Davis on bass. Davis didn't stay long;...
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