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Blue Train

  out of 4 Music Review: Blue Train

Artist: John Coltrane
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: September 1957

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
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"Blue Train" was John Coltrane's only Blue Note release. It may have been the only release for the label but its one his most celebrated and popular works. This was early Trane, right on the heels of working with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, two of the most influential and groundbreaking artists the genre has ever known. His music was as pensive and intense as he looked on the cover of this timeless recording. Coltrane was forever questioning his own methods and interpretations of his thoughts and expressions through his music. The eventuality of all of that thought and reflection were creations that were utter genius that have never been duplicated. "Blue Train" is one of those sessions that were made in heaven. Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and "Philly" Joe Jones (drums) accompanied Coltrane. Each musician was well known and were sought after to join many jazz luminaries for other history making compositions and sessions.

This DAD-DVD version is sparkling and brilliant. The title track has an unforgettable rhythm and beat and it quickly became one of Coltrane's signature songs. From the first song to the last the music is alive and full of life like it has never been before. Every aspect and detail is highlighted with excellent sonics and production. Each segment of the band is heard loud and clear due to the distinct separation of each instrument. What you have here is a jazz classic that belongs in any serious jazz collection. It has a sound that is beyond compare. If he were alive today Coltrane would be taken aback by the clarity and depth that has been captured by the exclusive 24/96 Master Tape Sound. Not only is this CD a reminder of his greatness, it preserves eternally a precious gem of jazz history and an unembellished jazz clinic.

1.Blue Train
2. Moment's Notice
3. Locomotion
4. I'm Old Fashioned
5. Lazy Bird



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