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John Coltrane’s debut as a leader, this 1957 album finds the saxophonist at the crossroads. He’d been fired by Miles Davis for drug abuse, retreated to Philadelphia to clean up, and would soon spend the rest of the year in his fruitful apprenticeship under Thelonious Monk. Switching between quartet and sextet, he’s backed by hometown friends on this excellent mix of standards, obscurities (“Time Was”), and originals. While the titles “Chronic Blues” and the classic “Straight Street” speak of the saxophonist’s troubles, the music throughout reveals the template for which he would soon become legend.


Born: September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, NC

Genre: Jazz

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

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. It seems amazing that his period of greatest activity was so short, not only because he recorded prolifically, but also because, taking advantage of his fame, the record companies that recorded him as a sideman in the 1950s frequently reissued...
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