John Coltrane: I Wish I Knew


I Wish I Knew


John Coltrane (tenor sax)


Ballads (Impulse GRD 156)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ. November 13, 1962


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

There are precious few recordings where a musician's opening notes bypass our eardrums and strike directly at the soul. This is one of those tracks. After Tyner's intro, Coltrane's entrance doesn't merely tingle the spine, it galvanizes the central nervous system. People long remember exactly where they were upon learning of some signal event (usually a national tragedy). Other, more personal experiences are momentous in a different way. They make us forget where we are. Like the instant when we realize that someone we love, loves us, too. John Coltrane's "I Wish I Knew" is such an epiphany.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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