John Coltrane
Blue Train | Mono | Music Matters Reissue

Music Matters / Blue Note

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A TAV Curator’s Pick.

Blue Train is the second studio album by American jazz musician John Coltrane, originally released in 1957 by Blue Note Records, and is the only album Coltrane has recorded with arguably the greatest jazz label of the time.

Showcasing a star studded line up made up of Coltrane’s Miles Davis bandmates which includes Lee Morgan, Kenny Drew and Paul Chambers to name a few.

One of the most accessible jazz records of all time with an iconic sound that is recommended for casual jazz listeners wanting to get into Coltrane’s works or jazz in general.

“John Coltrane only recorded one album as a leader for Blue Note, but it was the turning point of his career and one of his greatest hours. 31 at the time of 1957’s Blue Train, Coltrane had been largely unknown just two years earlier. In 1955 he began a very important two-year stint with Miles Davis that gave him visibility and found him growing rapidly as an improviser. By 1957 when he left Davis and became a member of the Thelonious Monk Quartet for a few historic months, Coltrane had his own innovative voice. He was at the top of the field along with Sonny Rollins and was considered a young giant. Coltrane’s style, which often featured him, grouping together an explosive series of notes that were called sheets of sound, was unprecedented and years ahead of his contemporaries.

Blue Train stands as proof of both Trane’s originality and his dazzling style. Heading an all-star hard bop sextet that included the 19-year old Lee Morgan (the brightest new trumpeter in jazz) and trombonist Curtis Fuller, Coltrane took an astounding solo on “Blue Train” (one in which every note in his long improvisation fits perfectly) and introduced what was arguably his greatest composition, “Moment’s Notice.” All five performances on Blue Train (including a definitive rendition of “I’m Old Fashioned”) are filled with memorable and classic moments. While Coltrane only worked for Alfred Lion on this one occasion, this very stirring set is full of timeless magic. After Blue Train was recorded, there was never again any doubt that John Coltrane was a giant.” – Music Matters

“The disc is packed solid with sonic evidence of Coltrane's innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry -- touching upon all forms in between.” - AllMusic


Item description:


John Coltrane


Blue Train


Music Matters / Blue Note


Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Remastered, Mono, 180 gram, Gatefold



Release Date:

This reissue: 2014 | Original - 1957




Hard Bop

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