John Coltrane: Blue Train
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
Blue Train (Blue Note 95326)
Composed by John Coltrane.
Recorded: Hackensack, N.J., September 15, 1957
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
John Coltrane, artwork by Michael Symonds
John Coltrane was the most influential saxophonist to follow Charlie Parker. His work in the late 1950s served as a model for most aspiring (as well as many established) hard-bop tenorists. The up-tempo blues “Blue Train,” appearing on the only album Coltrane recorded for Blue Note, epitomizes the tenorist’s fully developed, pre-modal hard-bop approach. It displays his great intensity and features the dizzying scalar passages that came to be called “sheets of sound.” In their own improvisations, Coltrane’s stellar colleagues illustrate their instruments' roles in the hard-bop style.
Reviewer: David Franklin
Other reviews for this track:
- John Coltrane: Blue Train by Thomas Cunniffe (100/100)
- John Coltrane: Blue Train (featuring Lee Morgan) by Matt Leskovic (100/100)