John Coltrane: Equinox
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
Coltrane’s Sound (Rhino/Atlantic R2 75588)
Composed by John Coltrane.
Recorded: New York, October 26, 1960
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
“Equinox” is a simple enough composition – after an intro that nods to “Star Eyes” as performed by Charlie Parker, it’s just a 12-bar blues built on the simplest of melodies and employing four basic chords. A child could have written it. But the devil is in the details, and Coltrane’s quartet digs up a myriad of them over these eight minutes. The atmosphere is one of mystery – Elvin Jones tap-tapping on his cymbals, Steve Davis plucking meditatively, and McCoy Tyner comping with those thick chords of his before taking the tune’s climactic solo. Coltrane stays close to the melody here, but with him it’s all about feeling.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee