John Coltrane: Central Park West


Central Park West


John Coltrane (soprano sax)


Coltrane's Sound (Rhino/Atlantic R2 75588)

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John Coltrane (soprano sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by John Coltrane


Recorded: New York, October 24, 1960


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

One of Coltrane’s early explorations on soprano sax, cut a few days after the “My Favorite Things” session. This lovely, lyrical ballad is a study in dynamic control and taste. The tune is handled with kid gloves as Coltrane makes small rhythmic and harmonic alterations to the evolving theme. Tyner’s accompaniment is like a classical waterfall, splashing into limpid pools of quiet melody. One of drummer Jones’ gifts was knowing when to keep it down; here his brushes shuffle sinuously along the skins, making occasional pinpoint strikes on the cymbals. Steve Davis’ bass, too, mostly issues percussive pulses. Rapturous.

Reviewer: Todd S. Jenkins


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