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John Coltrane

pbenn2112

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Holy balls! I've been a fan of Coltrane for many years, but he never ceases to amaze me. Any favorite albums out there?
 

dlguitar64

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Blue Train
Giant Steps
My Favorite Things
Coltrane's Sound
Ballads
A Love Supreme
Crescent
Interstellar Space
 
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Giant Steps (the first Thrash album)
A Love Supreme
Transition
Live At the Village Vanguard
My Favorite Things
Blue Train
Africa Brass

..in that order
 

liquidswords

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A Love Supreme, Giant Steps.. They're the obvious ones but I still connect with those the most. I've also been revisiting Stellar Regions and recently acquired both of his self titled cd's, Coltrane Jazz, and Olé Coltrane. One thing I'm fickle about his how far out he goes. I never got into the Live In Japan cd for example with Pharoah Sanders, or Ascension.
 

HenryAdams

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I love the stuff in the mid-60's. A Love Supreme would be the thing I'd take with me if I had to spend eternity on a desert island with only one CD. A few years ago, they came out with a boxed set of his Village Vanguard recordings...he's at his peak, breaking new territory every night.
 

MarcJ

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I would say A Love Supreme is my favorite with Giant Steps right up there. I've been listening to Crescent this week and really digging it.
 

freedom's door

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The Complete Village Vanguard would be my first choice. I love Dolphy's playing on those gigs almost as much as Trane's.

I do have a soft spot for the early Prestige albums as well, especially Soultrane- dig this tour de force:



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Remembered this one after i logged out- another of my favorites:

 
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jimmyj

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Other than Giant Steps I tend to agree with Miles, I like Trane best playing in Miles Davis' bands.

Coltrane brings the chops to Kind of Blue in a way that keeps that album from approaching easy listening. It's such a great album but it would be a pale version of itself without Coltrane really showing the full potential of modal soloing.

I've also really been getting into Trane in the first Miles Davis Quintet from the mid to late '50s, especially the album Round About Midnight. I like the Prestige sets, too, but they're not as consistent as the Columbia release.

On the other hand, I really like this take from Jazz Casual of the John Coltrane Quartet playing "Afro Blue"

 

SamBooka

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Despite being a guitarist I enjoy listening to all kinds of music. I could never get into coltrane until last week when I found a couple of KBurrell/Trane albums.

I think one is just called Coltrane/Burrell and the other is The Cats?
 

kush

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This pairing of John Coltrane with Thelonious Monk is a relatively recent addition to the Coltrane discography. The tapes were not known to exist, and discovered in an unmarked box in the Library of Congress archives nearly a half century after they were recorded. ' T. Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall.' Definitely worth a listen.
 

guitarjazz

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Nels Cline's cover of Interstellar Space is really a stand-out. Not sure it's something a 'schooled' jazzer would come up with.
 

Phletch

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Any of the Village Vanguard recordings and Impressions. Anything with Eric Dolphy on it, really. I like Coltrane's standards and the stuff with Miles, but his mid-period, early 60s explorations with Dolphy, after Miles and before A Love Supreme - to me those were the years when Coltrane really pushed the boundaries.
 

Average Joe

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The real sleeper masterpieces to me are Ballads and Lush Life with Johnny Hartman.
Those are great.

Most any of the albums with Monk are also comparatively underappreciated imho. Monk's writing brought the best out in Coltrane
 






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