John Coltrane: Central Park West
Central Park West
John Coltrane (soprano sax)
Coltrane's Sound (Rhino/Atlantic R2 75588)
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
Tags: soprano sax