John Coltrane: Locomotion




John Coltrane (tenor sax)


Blue Train (Blue Note)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by John Coltrane


Recorded: New Jersey, September 15, 1957


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Opening with a nice drum fill from Philly Joe Jones, this high-powered blues number should whet the appetite of any jazz aficionado. I think it's safe to say that Coltrane officially entered the top tier of jazz musicians on this album with his fluidity, sheer determination, and utter dominance of the tenor saxophone. The only way this could be further augmented was for him to surround himself with the top young jazz musicians of his time. Philly Joe Jones swings harder than a kindergarten kid on a playground, with a driving ride pattern that's further enhanced by the steadiness of Paul Chambers's bassline. Another wonderful feature on this album is the orchestration between Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan and Coltrane, which adds some nice spice to this already satisfying gumbo.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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