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Soultrane (Remastered)

John Coltrane

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While Coltrane was still in The Miles Davis Quintet at the time, this 1958 album (his fourth as a leader) finds the saxophonist in the thick of his ascendancy to jazz’s preeminent tenor saxophone chair. Also featuring the Red Garland trio, the faster tunes here–“Good Bait,” “You Say You Care,” and particularly “Russian Lullaby”–highlight the saxophonist’s famed “sheets of sound” approach. (Ira Gitler actually coins the term in the liner notes.) But the bluesy ballad work is equally strong on the long version of “I Want to Talk About You” and the soulful “Theme for Ernie.”

Biography

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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