John Coltrane: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes


The Night Has a Thousand Eyes


John Coltrane (tenor sax)


Coltrane's Sound (Atlantic/Rhino: R2 75588)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Jerry Brainin and Buddy Bernier


Recorded: New York, NY. October 26, 1960


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

"The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" feels like a totally integrated quartet—the form of it, the feelings, the way the rhythm shifted, Coltrane's ideas throughout the sequence of the harmonies, the different inflections that Elvin Jones was playing, the way McCoy comped, little pedal points in the bass. It wasn't just Coltrane soloing over that tune or with a rhythm section. This track was instrumental in my discovering the approach to playing within the group you're in, whether you're soloing or not. As a young player, I played a lot of drums, and practiced saxophone and drums at the same time. Playing along with Elvin and McCoy and Coltrane on that recording on drums taught me everything about form and following the line and the soloist. Doing that taught me a lot about everything.

Reviewer: Joe Lovano

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