John Coltrane: Soul Eyes
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
The Classic Quartet: Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings (GRP IMPD8-280)
Composed by Mal Waldron.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 19, 1962
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This Classic Quartet tour de force packs an emotional wallop while exhibiting great restraint throughout. Coltrane first recorded Mal Waldron's jazz standard with the composer at the ivories in March 1957. The band was the Prestige All-Stars, and it was also done at Van Gelder Studio but back in the original space in Hackensack. This session, some five years later, yielded this issued take after two unreleased passes in April. The sensitivity of this band never fails to move me, with the rhythm section in particular always threatening to boil over, then returning to that tasteful simmer.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy