John Coltrane Quartet – Ballads



John Coltrane Quartet – Ballads


Sold out
Add to Wishlist

A TAV Curator’s Pick.

Ballads is a jazz album by John Coltrane, originally recorded in December 1961 and 1962, and originally released on the Impulse! label in 1963 as A-32 (mono) and later AS-32 (stereo).

Critic Gene Lees stated that the quartet had never played the tunes before. "They arrived with music-store sheet music of the songs" and just before the recordings, they "would discuss each tune, write out copies of the changes they'd use, semi-rehearse for a half hour and then do it". Each piece was recorded in one take, except for "All or Nothing at All".

In 2008, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award. - Wiki

“With Ballads he looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman (on John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman) and with Duke Ellington (on Duke Ellington and John Coltrane). Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He's not aggressive, and he's not outwardly. Instead he's introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads' draw.” - AllMusic

“Before this ballad album was released, John Coltrane's critics and jazz fans classed him as an 'avant-gardist,' a modernist, an angry, wild young man who made his tenor saxophone scream out. Tongues wagged that free jazz could be made by just anyone who hung a horn around his neck. These eight Ballads made people stop and listen with real pleasure. 'Have you heard him? He can blow the notes properly, the pianist knows all the harmonies and the drummer does far more than just bash!' These words were to be heard and read everywhere, in the specialist magazines, and in the jazz clubs from New York to Tokyo. All of the themes are taken from musicals and well-known numbers performed by Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee among others. All of them have been performed time and time again and although the musicians played the themes for the very first time at the recording session, their interpretation was well structured while at the same time fresh and intense.” – Press Release


  • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
  • McCoy Tyner – piano
  • Jimmy Garrison (#1-6, 8), Reggie Workman (#7) – bass
  • Elvin Jones – drums

Item description:


John Coltrane Quartet






Vinyl, Album, LP, Reissue, Remastered, 180 Gram, Gatefold



Release Date:

This reissue: 2001 | Original - 1963




Hard Bop, Post Bop, Tenor Saxophone

Catalog No: