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John Coltrane

My Favourite Things - 2024 Reissue

    My Favorite Things was the first album in which John Coltrane played soprano saxophone in addition to his usual tenor. His soprano sax dominates two of the album's four tracks, including his unforgettable cover of the title track written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the musical The Sound of Music. Released in March 1961 the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, certified gold in 2018 and it's considered a masterpiece would inspire several generations of fans.

    This release is part of the New Ermitage collection available from January 2024: 18 jazz and soul titles reissued on yellow vinyl with new codes and renewed graphics.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. My Favorite Things
    2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
    3. Summertime
    4. But Not For Me

    John Coltrane

    Lush Life - 2023 Reissue

      The seminal recordings that make up Lush Life were taped during a transitional period in John Coltrane's musical career. He had first joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1955 and would form his own celebrated quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones in 1960. In the intervening years, he overcame his narcotics addiction and began to expand on his own musical ideas while experimenting with both the Thelonious Monk Quartet and the Miles Davis Sextet (featuring Bill Evans and Cannonball Adderley). Lush Life was constructed with material from three different sessions, all of which produced additional material issued in other albums. While Side A is in trio format with no piano, Side B features a quintet showcasing Donald Byrd and Red Garland.

      Contains new specially prepared liner notes by Penguin Guide to Jazz's writer Brian Morton and by Paris' prestigious Jazz Magazine.

      "All aspects of Coltrane's conception during this period are well-illustrated on the album: the classic simplicity and haunting loveliness of the Coltrane ballad technique is here. For sheer beauty of approach and execution, his work has rarely been equalled." - ***** Franz Kofsky, DownBeat

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Like Someone In Love
      2. I Love You
      3. Trane's Slow Blues
      4. Slowtrane
      5. Lush Life
      6. I Hear A Rhapsody
      7. While My Lady Sleeps

      John Coltrane

      Ballads - 2023 Reissue

        Presented here in its entirety, the celebrated 1962 LP 'Ballads' album (Impulse AS-32) was the last word in John Coltrane's ballad playing and became an instant hit. One of the most revolutionary saxophonists in jazz history, Coltrane was also a superb ballad player, capable of creating a very personal and intimate sound. This album features the leader backed by the members of his classic quartet: McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
        2. You Don't Know What Love Is
        3. Too Young
        4. To Go Steady
        5. All Or Nothing At All
        6. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
        7. I Wish I Knew / What's New?
        8. It's Easy To Remember
        9. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
        10. Greensleeves
        11. Naima

        John Coltrane

        Lush Life - Craft Jazz Essentials

          Released in early 1961, Lush Life was assembled from previous unissued tracks from three recording sessions at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1957 and 1958.

          John Coltrane’s Prestige years began when he joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1955. During the next few years, when he was either with Davis or the Thelonious Monk Quartet, he functioned as both leader and sideman for this label. These recordings document the first part of his relatively short but highly influential time in the spotlight. Lush Life, a combination of standards and a blues, treated in the unique Coltrane manner - sound wedded to material in a completely personal way - contains three tracks without a piano. This is the first time he recorded in this manner, other than when Monk was 'strolling,' and it offers another aspect from, and of, Trane. 

          John Coltrane

          Coltrane - Craft Jazz Essentials

            Released in 1957 on Prestige Records, this album was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder on May 31, 1957. It documents Coltrane's first session as a leader, and has been reissued at times under the title The First Trane!. The line-up includes Johnnie Splawn (trumpet), Sahib Shihab (baritone saxophone), Red Garland and Mal Waldron (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums). 

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. Bakai
            2. Violets For Your Furs
            3. Time Was
            Side B
            1. Straight Street
            2. While My Lady Sleeps
            3. Chronic Blues 

            John Coltrane

            Plays The Blues - 2023 Reissue

              Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for 'My Favorite Things', 'Coltrane Plays the Blues', and 'Coltrane's Sound'. 'My Favorite Things' was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays the Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session.

              As for the phrase "plays the blues" in the title, it's not so much an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues, but more indicative of a bluesy sensibility.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Blues To Elvin
              2. Blues To Bechet
              3. Blues To You
              4. Blues To Elvin [Alternative Take]
              5. Mr. Day
              6. Mr. Syms
              7. Mr. Knight
              8. Blues To You [Alternative Take]

              John Coltrane

              Evenings At The Village Gate: John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy

                In August of 1961, the John Coltrane Quintet played an engagement at the legendary Village Gate in Greenwich Village, New York. Coltrane’s Classic Quartet was not as fully established as it would soon become and there was a meteoric fifth member of Coltrane’s group those nights— visionary multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy. Ninety minutes of never-before-heard music from this group were recently discovered at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, offering a glimpse into a powerful musical partnership that ended much too soon.

                In addition to some well-known Coltrane material (“My Favorite Things”, “Impressions”, “Greensleeves”), there is a breathtaking feature for Dolphy’s bass clarinet on “When Lights Are Low” and the only known non-studio recording of Coltrane’s composition “Africa”, from the Africa/Brass album. This recording represents a very special moment in John Coltrane's journey—the summer of 1961—when his signature, ecstatic live sound, commonly associated his Classic Quartet of '62 to '65, was first maturing and when he was drawing inspiration from deep, African sources— and experimenting with the two-bass idea both in the studio (Olé) and on stage. This truly rare recording of "Africa" captures his expansive vision at the time.

                TRACK LISTING

                My Favorite Things
                When Lights Are Low
                Impressions
                Greensleeves
                Africa

                Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane

                Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane - 2023 Reissue

                  Regarded as one of the greatest jazz collaborations of all time, this new edition of “Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane” is release as part of the newly relaunched Original Jazz Classics Series.

                  Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI with all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio it is presented in a Tip-On Jacket with obi. In addition to Monk and Coltrane the album also features the talents of Art Blakey (drums), Wilbur Ware (bass), Gigi Gryce (alto sax) and more. 

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A
                  1. Ruby, My Dear
                  2. Trinkle, Tinkle
                  3. Off Minor
                  Side B
                  1. Nutty
                  2. Epistrophy
                  3. Functional 

                  John Coltrane

                  Blue Train - The Complete Masters

                    To mark the 65th anniversary of the album’s recording, Blue Train will be released in two special editions on September 16 as part of Blue Note’s acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series.

                    A 1-LP mono pressing of the original album will be presented in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket, while the 2-LP stereo collection Blue Train: The Complete Masters will include a second disc featuring seven alternate and incomplete takes, none of which have been released previously on vinyl, and four of which have never been released before on any format. The Complete Masters comes with a booklet featuring never-before-seen session photos by Francis Wolff and an essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn. Both Tone Poet Vinyl Editions were produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI.

                    Blue Train: The Complete Masters will also be released as a 2-CD set and digital collection.

                    “Few studio experiences I’ve had can compare with the thrill of listening to the original master tapes—mono, stereo and alternate takes—of Blue Train,” says Harley. “I consider these two new versions the definitive editions of this masterpiece performance by John Coltrane.”

                    TRACK LISTING

                    2CD
                    Blue Train
                    Moment’s Notice
                    Locomotion
                    I’m Old Fashioned
                    Lazy Bird
                    Blue Train (false Start)
                    Blue Train (take 7)
                    Moment’s Notice (alternate Take 4)
                    Lazy Bird (take 1)
                    Blue Train (alternate Take)
                    Moment’s Notice (incomplete Alternate Take 5A)
                    Lazy Bird (alternate Take)

                    1LP
                    LP 1 | Blue Train | Original Album | Studio
                    Side A
                    Blue Train
                    Moment’s Notice
                    Side B
                    Locomotion
                    I’m Old Fashioned
                    Lazy Bird

                    2LP
                    LP 1 | Blue Train | Original Album | Studio
                    Side A
                    Blue Train
                    Moment’s Notice
                    Side B
                    Locomotion
                    I’m Old Fashioned
                    Lazy Bird
                    LP 2 | Blue Train | Alternate And Incomplete Takes
                    Side A
                    Blue Train (false Start)
                    Blue Train (take 7)
                    Moment’s Notice (alternate Take 4)
                    Lazy Bird (take 1)
                    Side B
                    Blue Train (alternate Take)
                    Moment’s Notice (incomplete Alternate Take 5A)
                    Lazy Bird (alternate Take)

                    John Coltrane

                    Coltrane - 2022 Reissue

                      Initially overlooked in the music press, on its original 1962 release largely due to uninformed musical criticism of Coltrane’s performances with fellow saxophonist Eric Dolphy at the Village Vanguard the previous year, Coltrane’s eponymous album has since come to be known as a piece of art as definitive as he ever produced. Personnel: John Coltrane, tenor sax; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass.

                      John Coltrane

                      A Love Supreme - 2022 Reissue

                        Easily one of the most important records ever made, this was Coltrane's pinnacle studio outing that spoke of his search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms. Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, it became an instant best-seller and received a Grammy nomination. It remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and in 2021 was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million albums in the U.S. The achievement garners Coltrane his first-ever platinum record and is the first jazz album of the 1960s to receive platinum status, underscoring its enduring legacy and importance.

                        John Coltrane

                        Ballads - 2022 Reissue

                          Ballads is a special Coltrane masterpiece and consistent best-seller, recorded in December 1961 with Coltrane’s classic quartet—pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones—. When asked why such an undertaking, Coltrane replied, "variety." The recording captures the famed John Coltrane Quartet in a performance of timeless ballads. Coltrane was one of jazz's greatest ballad players, and his lyrical gifts are in sharp relief here.

                          John Coltrane

                          Coltrane

                            Overlooked on its original release, 'Coltrane' has since been regarded by as a major recording in the saxophonist's discography. Featuring the classic quartet and produced by Bob Thiele for Impulse, this special edition has two bonus tracks from the same sessions not included on the original LP: 'Impressions' and 'Up 'Gainst The Wall'.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Out Of This World
                            2. Soul Eyes
                            3. Impressions
                            4. The Inch Worm
                            5. Tunji [toon-Gee]
                            6. Miles' Mode
                            7. Up 'gainst The Wall

                            John Coltrane

                            Giant Steps

                              "The idea of an LP as a single aesthetic unit, pioneered by Frank Sinatra and a few others, was still relatively new at the time. Not the least of Coltrane's achievements was to harness the long player's potential and to give it near perfect, lastingly satisfying content. This is one of the great modern records." - Penguin Guide To Jazz

                              "Since its release in 1960, the fascination with Giant Steps has never wavered. This is a true masterpiece that should be in everyone's collection." - DownBeat

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Giant Steps
                              2. Cousin Mary
                              3. Countdown
                              4. Spiral
                              5. Syeeda’s Song Flute
                              6. Naima
                              7. Mr. P.C.
                              8. Harmonique

                              John Coltrane

                              My Favorite Things - 2022 Deluxe Edition

                                Released in 1961, My Favorite Things made John Coltrane a star with box-office pulling power previously preserved for the likes of Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, the MJQ, and Miles Davis. The dazzling quartet treatment of the Richard Rodgers hit song, features Coltrane on soprano saxophone for the first time on record, exercised a hypnotic effect on all sorts of music lovers and trend-spotters. The title track was a hit single, and the album became a major commercial success. In 1998, the album received the Grammy Hall of Fame award. It attained gold record status in 2018, having sold 500,000 copies. The mono version of this album, believed lost, was recently found, and is included in this deluxe package, as well as the stereo version, both mastered from the original tapes.

                                The packaging includes liner notes by award-winning writer Ben Ratliff, as well as photos and Atlantic Records ephemera.


                                TRACK LISTING

                                Disc 1 (Mono)
                                Side 1:
                                1. My Favorite Things (13:41)
                                2. Everytime We Say Goodbye (5:39)
                                Side 2:
                                1. Summertime (11:31)
                                2. But Not For Me (9:34)

                                Disc 2 (Stereo)
                                Side 1:
                                3. My Favorite Things (13:41)
                                4. Everytime We Say Goodbye (5:39)
                                Side 2:
                                3. Summertime (11:31)
                                4. But Not For Me (9:34)

                                John Coltrane

                                Crescent - 2022 Reissue

                                  Crescent is widely regarded as one of John Coltrane's finest albums, featuring the talents of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. During 1964, John Coltrane spent the least amount of time in the recording studio of his entire career as a leader. It wasn't until April 27th that he, along with Tyner, Garrison and Jones went to the familiar surroundings of Rudy Van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs studio to record all the tracks that appear on Crescent. In a hint of things to come for the Classic Quartet, both Garrison and Jones are featured on extended solos on the album’s second side. Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from the original analog tapes mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QPR. The series is supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, and releases are presented in deluxe gatefold tip-on packaging.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Crescent [8:40] (Side A)
                                  Wise One [9:01] (Side A)
                                  Bessie’s Blues [3:30] (Side A)
                                  Lonnie’s Lament [11:42] (Side B)
                                  The Drum Thing [7:20] (Side B)

                                  John Coltrane

                                  'Live' At The Village Vanguard - 2022 Reissue

                                    'Live' at the Village Vanguard (Impulse! AS-10), was Coltrane’s first official ‘live’ album. Coltrane is joined here on two tunes by Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, plus McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums, and Reggie Workman and Jimmy Garrison alternating on bass. Garrison’s presence on this album makes this the first recording by what came to be known as Coltrane’s ‘Classic Quartet’. Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, November 2 & 3, 1961.

                                    Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from the original analog tapes mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QPR. The series is supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, and releases are presented in deluxe gatefold tip-on packaging.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Spiritual [13:48] (Side A)
                                    Softly As In A Morning Sunrise [6:33] (Side A)
                                    Chasin’ The Trane [16:07] (Side B)

                                    John Coltrane

                                    A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle

                                      Impulse! dig up a never-before-heard live recording from a private collection featuring Coltrane’s Classic Quartet augmented by Pharoah Sanders amongst others. This is one of only three known concert performances of the most iconic suite in jazz.
                                      Recorded in late 1965 on the culminating evening of a historic week-long run at The Penthouse in Seattle, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle is a musical revelation of historic importance, capturing Coltrane as he began to expand his classic quartet—adding Pharoah Sanders on second saxophone and Donald Garrett on second bass—and catapulting him into the intense, spiritually focused final phase of his career.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. A Love Supreme Pt. I – Acknowledgement
                                      2. Interlude 1
                                      3. A Love Supreme Pt. II – Resolution
                                      4. Interlude 2
                                      5. A Love Supreme Pt. III – Pursuance
                                      6. Interlude 3
                                      7. Interlude 4
                                      8. A Love Supreme Pt. IV – Psalm

                                      John Coltrane

                                      Another Side Of John Coltrane

                                        This collection showcases some of Coltrane's best recordings as a side artist and features collaborations with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor. Primarily focusing on Coltrane's recordings as side man from 1956 and 1957 on the Prestige, Riverside, and Jazzland labels, it also includes a guest appearance (and legendary tenor saxophone solo) with Miles Davis on the track "Someday My Prince Will Come" (from the 1961 Miles Davis Columbia album of the same title).

                                        The 2-LP vinyl edition contains two extra tracks that are not available on the CD and digital editions: Nutty (Originally released on the album Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Jazzland JLP 46) and Birks' Works (Originally released on the Red Garland Quintet album Soul Junction featuring John Coltrane and Donald Byrd). The liner notes were written by Doug Ramsey, winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ramsey is the author of the award-winning biography Take Five, The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond. His other awards include two ASCAP Deems Taylors.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Side A
                                        1. SONNY ROLLINS QUARTET: Tenor Madness (12:08)
                                        2. MILES DAVIS AND THE MODERN JAZZ GIANTS: 'Round Midnight (5:22)
                                        3. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Oleo (6:17)
                                        Side B
                                        1. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Airegin (4:21)
                                        2. TADD DAMERON WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Soultrane (5:22)
                                        3. ART TAYLOR: C.T.A. (4:39)
                                        4. THELONIOUS MONK: Monk's Mood (7:48)
                                        Side C
                                        1. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Epistrophy (Alternate Take) (3:07)
                                        2. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Trinkle, Tinkle (6:39)
                                        3. *THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Nutty* (6:36)
                                        4. *RED GARLAND QUINTET FEATURING JOHN COLTRANE AND DONALD BYRD: Birks' Works* (7:32)
                                        Side D
                                        1. THE RED GARLAND QUINTET WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Billie's Bounce (9:21)
                                        2. MILES DAVIS: Someday My Prince Will Come (9:02) 

                                        * Vinyl Bonus Tracks.

                                        John Coltrane

                                        Ballads

                                          “With Ballads Coltrane looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman and with Duke Ellington. Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He’s not aggressive. Instead, he’s introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads’ draw.” - Sam Samuelson, AllMusic

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Say It (Over And Over Again)
                                          You Don’t Know What Love Is
                                          Too Young To Go Steady
                                          All Or Nothing At All
                                          I Wish I Knew
                                          What’s New?
                                          It’s Easy To Remember Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
                                          Greensleeves

                                          John Coltrane

                                          Giant Steps - 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                            John Coltrane is one of the most renowned jazz artists and influential saxophonists in music history

                                            Within the span of less than three weeks, John Coltrane completed his work with Miles Davis on what would become the bestselling jazz title in history (Kind of Blue) and embarked on his first record with Atlantic that would become the landmark recording Giant Steps.

                                            Saying farewell to bebop, "Giant Steps" was Coltrane's second album to be recorded for the Atlantic label, and marked the first time that all of the pieces on a recording had been composed by him. The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as 'sheets of sound', and features the use of a new harmonic concept later to be known as 'Coltrane changes'. The set features early versionss of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute".

                                            A remastered, deluxe 180g 2-LP and 2-CD, each with the original album plus a bonus disc of alternate takes and versions – including rehearsal and incomplete tracks, as well as false starts – only previously included in The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane boxed set.


                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: There are few artists more important to the history of jazz than John Coltrane, and ‘Giant Steps’ is one of the reasons why. From bebop to the development of free-jazz, you can hear the influence that Coltrane took in, and in turn his influence on the world of music. Now, we get a deluxe double album reissue with an extra disc of unheard outtakes. It’s a no-brainer for any jazz fan.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            2LP / 2 CD

                                            DISC ONE – STANDARD ALBUM (Side A)
                                            1. Giant Steps
                                            2. Cousin Mary
                                            3. Countdown
                                            4. Spiral

                                            DISC ONE – STANDARD ALBUM (Side B)
                                            5. Syeeda’s Song Flute
                                            6. Naima
                                            7. Mr. P.C.

                                            DISC TWO – THE OUTTAKES (Side A)
                                            1. Giant Steps (Alternate, Take 1, Incomplete)
                                            2. Naima (Alternate Take)
                                            3. Like Sonny (Alternate Take)
                                            4. Countdown (Alternate Take)

                                            DISC TWO – THE OUTTAKES (Side B)
                                            5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Alternate Take)
                                            6. Cousin Mary (Alternate Take)
                                            7. Giant Steps, Take 5 (Alternate)
                                            8. Giant Steps, Take 6 (Alternate)

                                            'In 1964, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled “Le chat dans le sac” (“The Cat in the Bag”).  Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to this film.In June of that year, Coltrane’s ‘Classic Quartet’ entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio and recorded five previously- recorded Coltrane originals. For many years, viewers of the film who recognized the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard. Now, with the release of Blue World, we can hear these newly-discovered recordings for the first time.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Naima (Take 1)
                                            A2. Village Blues (Take 2)
                                            A3. Blue World
                                            A4. Village Blues (Take 1)
                                            B1. Village Blues (Take 3)
                                            B2. Like Sonny
                                            B3. Traneing In
                                            B4. Naima (Take 2)

                                            John Coltrane

                                            1963: New Directions

                                              'In the brief, bright arc that is the career of John Coltrane, 1963 marks a point of transition between past jazz masterpieces and future work which would transcend the boundaries of the music itself.  That year's recorded output shows movement in many directions: a look back at the past, continued examination of a familiar repertoire, exploration of more traditional formats and a look forward at compositions and approaches that would further extend the reach of jazz. John Coltrane 1963: New Directions collects all of John Coltrane’s 1963 Impulse recordings in the order in which they were recorded

                                              5-LP, 3-CD sets include artwork featuring original collages.

                                              The box is meant to show the growth in Coltrane’s musical journey in 1963 that ultimately resulted in 1964’s “Crescent” and, especially, “A Love Supreme” // Music comes from the original albums “Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album”, “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”, “Dear Old Stockholm” (released after Coltrane’s death), “Newport ‘63” and “Live at Birdland”.

                                              John Coltrane

                                              Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Deluxe Edition)

                                              These 2CD and 2LP formats features a further 7 tracks of different takes giving a further 40 minutes of music.

                                              June 8, 2018 (New York, NY) – On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet— McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones –recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, is now finally released 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz.
                                              The first week of March in 1963 was busy for John Coltrane. He was in the midst of a two-week run at Birdland and was gearing up to record the famed John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman album, which he did on March 7. But there was a session the day before that was the stuff of legend, until now.
                                              On Wednesday, March 6, Coltrane and the quartet went to Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ and cut a complete album’s worth of material, including several original compositions that were never recorded elsewhere. They spent the day committing these to tape, taking time with some, rehearsing them two, three times, playing them in different ways and in different configurations.
                                              At the end of the day, Coltrane left Van Gelder Studios with a reference tape and brought it to the home in Queens that he shared with his wife, Naima. These tapes remained untouched for the next 54 years until Impulse! approached the family about finally releasing this lost album. Though the master tape was never found—Rudy Van Gelder wasn’t one for clutter—the reference tape was discovered to be in excellent condition.
                                              As the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins so rightly put it, “This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.” The musical implications of this album, the original compositions, the arrangements, the band, the year it was recorded, all amount to a rediscovery and re-contextualization of one of the most important musicians of our time.
                                              Danny Bennett, President and CEO of the Verve Label Group and home of Impulse! records, says, “Jazz is more relevant today than ever. It’s becoming the alternative music of the 21st century, and no one embodies the boundary-breaking essence of jazz more than John Coltrane. He was a visionary who changed the course of music, and this lost album is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. It gives us insight into his creative process and connects us to his artistry. This album is a cultural moment and coincides perfectly with our relaunch of the iconic Impulse! label.”
                                              On this album, there are two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals. “Untitled Original 11383” and “Untitled Original 11386,” both played on soprano sax. “11383” features an arco bass solo by Jimmy Garrison, a relative rarity, and “11386” marks a significant structural change for the quartet, in that they keep returning to the theme between solos, not typical in the quartet’s repertoire.
                                              In addition to the two unheard originals, “One Up, One Down” – released previously only on a bootleg recording from Birdland – is heard here as a studio recording for the first and only time. It contains a fascinating exchange between Elvin Jones and Coltrane.
                                              “Impressions”, one of Coltrane’s most famous and oft-recorded compositions, is played here in a piano-less trio. In fact, McCoy Tyner lays out a number of times during this recording session. It’s one of the more interesting aspects of this session and reflects the harmonic possibilities that Coltrane was known to be discussing regularly with Ornette Coleman around this time.
                                              This studio session also yielded Coltrane’s first recording of “Nature Boy,” which he would record again in 1965, and the two versions differ greatly. The one we know is exploratory, meandering. This version is tight, solo-less and clocking in at just over three minutes. The other non-original composition on the album is “Vilia,” from Franz Lehár’s operetta “The Merry Widow”. The soprano version on the Deluxe Edition is the only track from this session to have been previously released.
                                              This incredible, once-in-a-lifetime discovery reveals a number of creative balances at work, like developing original melodies while rethinking familiar standards. Like trying out some tunes first on tenor saxophone, then on soprano. Using older techniques like the arpeggio runs of his “sheets of sound” while experimenting with false fingerings and other newer sounds. This session was pivotal, though to call it such overlooks the fact Coltrane was ever on pivot, always pushing the pedal down while still calling on older, tested ideas and devices.
                                              Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a major addition to the Coltrane catalogue and the most important jazz discovery in recent memory.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Disc: 1
                                              1. Untitled Original 11383
                                              2. Nature Boy
                                              3. Untitled Original 11386
                                              4. Vilia
                                              5. Impressions
                                              6. Slow Blues
                                              7. One Up, One Down

                                              Disc: 2
                                              1. Villa (Take 5)
                                              2. Impressions (Take 1)
                                              3. Impressions (Take 2)
                                              4. Impressions (Take 4)
                                              5. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 2)
                                              6. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5)
                                              7. One Up, One Down (Take 6)

                                              John Coltrane

                                              Giant Steps (Mono Edition)

                                              John Coltrane’s landmark Atlantic album in glorious mono.

                                              Saying farewell to bebop, "Giant Steps" was Coltrane's second album to be recorded for the Atlantic label, and marked the first time that all of the pieces on a recording had been composed by him. The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as 'sheets of sound', and features the use of a new harmonic concept later to be known as 'Coltrane changes'. The set features early versionss of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute".

                                              John Coltrane

                                              Trane: The Atlantic Collection

                                              To coincide with the release of the John Coltrane documentary Chasing Trane, this 1 LP & 1 CD compilation with unique artwork, remastered for the release, is designed as an introduction to John Coltrane’s revered Atlantic recordings. Trane: The Atlantic Collection includes the hit single ‘My Favorite Things,’ the iconic ‘Giant Steps, ‘Naima’ and more, from one of the legends of the jazz world. The album features a new liner notes essay by Ben Ratliff, former NY Times jazz critic, & author of the 2007 biography ‘Coltrane: The Story of a Sound.’

                                              John Coltrane

                                              Blue Train - Remastered Vinyl Edition

                                                "Blue Train" is John Coltrane's only collection of sides as a principal artist for Blue Note. The album is packed with sonic evidence of Coltrane's innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry - touching upon all forms in between. The personnel on "Blue Train" is arguably as impressive as what they're playing. Joining Coltrane (tenor sax) are Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The triple horn arrangements incorporate an additional sonic density that remains a trademark unique to both this band and album. Of particular note is Fuller's even-toned trombone, which bops throughout the title track as well as the frenetic "Moments Notice". Other solos include Paul Chambers' subtly understated riffs on "Blue Train" as well as the high energy and impact from contributions by Lee Morgan and Kenny Drew during "Locomotion". The track likewise features some brief but vital contributions from Philly Joe Jones - whose efforts throughout the record stand among his personal best. Of the five pieces that comprise the original "Blue Train", the Jerome Kern / Johnny Mercer ballad "I'm Old Fashioned" is the only standard; in terms of unadulterated sentiment, this version is arguably untouchable. Fuller's rich tones and Drew's tastefully executed solos cleanly wrap around Jones' steadily languid rhythms. Without reservation, "Blue Train" can easily be considered in and among the most important and influential entries not only of John Coltrane's career, but of the entire genre of jazz music as well.

                                                Blue Note President Don Was says, “Two years ago, we began remastering the jewels of the Blue Note catalogue in hi-def resolutions of 96k and 192k. In order to develop a guiding artistic philosophy for this delicate endeavor, we donned our lab coats, ran dozens of sonic experiments and carefully referenced every generation of our reissues. Ultimately, we decided that our goal would be to protect the original intentions of the artists, producers and engineers who made these records and that, in the case of pre-digital-era albums, these intentions were best represented by the sound and feel of their first-edition vinyl releases. Working with a team of dedicated and groovy engineers, we found a sound that both captured the feel of the original records while maintaining the depth and transparency of the master tapes... the new remasters are really cool!

                                                While these new versions will become available in digital hi-def, CD and Mastered for iTunes formats, the allure of vinyl records is WAY too potent to ignore. This year, Blue Note - along with our friends at Universal Music Enterprises - is launching a major 75th Anniversary vinyl Initiative that is dedicated to the proposition that our catalogue should be readily available, featuring high quality pressings and authentic reproductions of Blue Note's iconic packaging. Although this program begins in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary, our catalog runs so deep that we will faithfully be reissuing five albums a month for many years to come!”

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Blue Train 10:40
                                                Moment's Notice 9:08
                                                Locomotion 7:12
                                                I'm Old Fashioned 7:55
                                                Lazy Bird 7:04

                                                John Coltrane

                                                A Love Supreme

                                                  Quite simply "A Love Supreme" is an essential jazz classic. Not only Coltrane's best-known work, but one he regarded as his gift to God. It's undeniably one of the most important and influential jazz records ever made. This newly remastered deluxe two CD set is breathtaking in its scope. The first disc consists of the 1965 version but the second disc has the Coltrane Quartet's only live performance of the suite, recorded at the Antibes jazz festival that summer and receiving its first authorized release. Most notably, it also includes the long-rumoured sextet version of the opening movement, receiving its first release of any kind. Mastered by the original recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder, and containing extensive annotation and many photographs, this is the definitive edition of an indisputable masterpiece.

                                                  John Coltrane

                                                  Ballads (Deluxe Edition)

                                                    Coltrane's classic "Ballads" album now issued in a deluxe edition with a second CD of extra tracks. These late 1961 sessions are amongst his most beautiful and tender recordings and features the quartet that came to be regarded as the definitive Coltrane group, McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums and Jimmy Garrison on bass. This is Coltrane on majestic, yet restrained form. There's an melodic ease and lyrical approach to these tracks which make it an all time favourite for late night / early morning sessions and the spakling remastered sound simply adds towards making this an essential jazz purchase.

                                                    John Coltrane

                                                    The Olantunji Concert

                                                      Already suffering from the liver cancer that would end his life three months later "The Olatunji Concert" was the last live recording to be made by the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. On it, his power remains undiminished and the intensity of the performance is both noble and intimidating with drummer Rashid Ali in a brutal mood whilst Alice Coltrane's piano and Pharoah Sanders' tenor sax add a tenderness and edge respectively to a concert of challenging proportions and undeniable historical significance.

                                                      John Coltrane

                                                      Standards

                                                        It's an often overlooked fact that apart from being one of the greatest innovators in jazz and an intense live improviser, John Coltrane could also demonstrate a mellow, melodic side with equal aplomb. This compilation of ten tracks shows the more restrained 'ballad' style of the jazz legend.

                                                        John Coltrane

                                                        Giant Steps

                                                          Saying farewell to bebop, "Giant Steps" was Coltrane's second album to be recorded for the Atlantic label, and marked the first time that all of the pieces on a recording had been composed by him. The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as 'sheets of sound', and features the use of a new harmonic concept later to be known as 'Coltrane changes'. The set features early versionss of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute".


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