John Coltrane: After the Rain


After the Rain


John Coltrane (tenor sax)


The Classic Quartet: The Complete Impulse Studio Recordings (GRP IMPD8-280)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Roy Haynes (drums).

Composed by John Coltrane


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N. J. April 29, 1963


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The opening tenor notes of this short work go a long way to evoking the title. The majesty of this melody is so strong that it grabs all one’s attention and focus right from the start. This is not the savage, primal John Coltrane but the reflective searcher making great use of space to create drama and mood. The accompaniment is understated with a lot of pedal tones from the piano and bass and Haynes deftly utilizing only his cymbals. This recording comes from the brief period when regular drummer Elvin Jones was on hiatus.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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