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Just the Right Dose of 'Trane for Coltrane Lovers

The review is pretty much right on all tracks. For those tiring of Coltrane's aggressiveness in improvisation, the vocals of Johnny Hartman are a soothing break, but the ideas still flow pleasantly (not as relentless). Hey, let's face it, Coltrane is an earful, not for the faint of heart. This compilation is a comfortable dose of his strength that may be relished like a fine dish as long as the listener refrains from ambivalence. "I Want to Talk About You" will always be my favorite on this album. 'Trane says it all toward the end of that cut. Hey, Coltrane doesn't joke around--he's one of the greatest tenor and soprano saxophonists that has ever lived. Enjoy.


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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