John Coltrane: Three Little Words

Track

Three Little Words

Artist

John Coltrane (tenor sax) and Milt Jackson (vibes)

CD

Bags & Trane (Atlantic 1533)

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Musicians:

John Coltrane (tenor sax), Milt Jackson (vibes), Hank Jones (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Connie Kay (drums).

Composed by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar

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Recorded: New York, January 15, 1959

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Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

It’s incredible to hear Coltrane play on standard songs with this rhythm section. Hank is very free in the harmonic sequence, and is feeding him harmonies and voicings; Coltrane is taking him places that give him ideas and open up what he’s playing harmonically as well. Also, Milt Jackson is one of the great lyrical improvisers in jazz music, and to hear them balance and play off of each other on a tune like “Three Little Words,” playing a few choruses each, sustaining the mood, was a beautiful journey on their part. Digging Coltrane playing standards showed me the depth of repertoire that he knew, how much ballads and the blues were in everything he played, and how it all came through in his solos. No matter what he played, his focus on the material and the people he played with drove him and fed him ideas. It wasn’t just what he was practicing on his horn, even though that was a big part of the way he played.

Reviewer: Joe Lovano

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