Coltrane’s Sound

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originally released in 1966. Featuring McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums), captured here are the most extraordinary moments of Coltrane’s Atlantic period, recorded in 1960 but not released until 1966. What John Coltrane has ’gotten in’ on this album, into the music that is, strikes me as an accurate cross-section of his musical capabilities. He is heard on a lovely ballad, ’The Night Has A Thousand Eyes’ as though to refute those who claim he will not play ballads (his hard-edged approach to the ballad is intriguing); he is heard in numerous examples of the jet speed runs and explosions of notes contrasted to and intertwined with the similar eruptions from Elvin Jones’ drums (’sometimes he’s too much for me!’ John has said of Elvin); he is heard in reflective moments, in intense moments and in lyric moments. In fact, almost all the facets of Coltrane are displayed here, including his ventures into the language of the soprano saxophone. -- Ralph J. Gleason


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