John Coltrane: Blue Train


Blue Train


John Coltrane (tenor sax)


Blue Train (Blue Note 95326)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

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

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