John Coltrane: Moment's Notice
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
Blue Train (Blue Note 53428)
Composed by John Coltrane.
Recorded: New York, September 15, 1957
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
John Coltrane, artwork by Michael Symonds
John Coltrane had already made folks sit up and take notice as a member of Miles Davis’s quintet, but the album Blue Train established him as a first-rate leader and composer. The title track is the classic cut, but “Moment’s Notice” would be the standout on any other album. The melody is bright yet blue, and the band is tight. Everybody but Jones takes a solo, and everybody has something to say. These are what would become known as the early years, but Coltrane’s expressive, enveloping sound has already developed. His first solo swerves all over the place but stays on track, arriving at its destination right on time.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee