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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

    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

      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

        Blue Train - 2022 Repress

          Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane's 1957 studio session in Hackensack, New Jersey produced all the material for the legendary album, Blue Train. The album marked the first time that Trane was given the opportunity to select his own sidemen for a date. He made effective use of his newfound freedom, enlisting the support of trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. When asked in a 1960 radio interview which was his favourite of all the albums he recorded up to that point, Coltrane was quick to reply, Blue Train.

          TRACK LISTING

          Blue Train
          Moment's Notice
          East Bound
          Locomotion
          I'm Old Fashioned
          Lazy Bird

          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

            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

              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

                '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

                      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

                          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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