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.
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