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  • Personnel: John Coltrane (soprano & tenor saxophones); McCoy Tyner (piano); Steve Davis (acoustic bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
  • Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York on October 24, 1960. Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg.
  • Personnel: John Coltrane (soprano & tenor saxophones); McCoy Tyner (piano); Steve Davis (acoustic bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
  • Producer: Nesuhi Ertegun.
  • Reissue producer: Patrick Milligan.
  • Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York on October 24, 1960. Originally released on Atlantic (1382). Includes liner notes by Neil Tesser and Joe Goldberg.
  • Digitally remastered by Dan Hersch (DigiPrep).
  • One of THE great jazz quartets of all time: Coltrane (tenor & soprano), McCoy Tyner (piano), the earth-shaking Elvin Jones (drums) and Steve Davis (bass, though 'Trane's band would most often feature Jimmy Garrison and sometimes Reggie Workman), playing a blues-inspired program of originals. This band had an empathy shared by only the best bands in jazz: the Brubeck and Miles Davis groups, the Modern Jazz Quartet--and it shows here, with warmth, confidence, economy and relaxed interplay.
  • Coltrane is clearly center-stage here, his distinctive tone--and soon to become one of the most influential in jazz & beyond, as this was recorded in 1960--weaving through a set a of earthy yet thoughtful blues-based original compositions. The "wail" of early '60s Coltrane was in its embryonic stage here, but his playing is potent and soulful (without wearing his heart on his sleeve). A great place to begin with for The Man's post-bop/post-'50s music for the curious; fans will want it for the previously unreleased "Untitled Original."
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] an authority that, on the likes of 'Blues For Bechet' reflects Coltrane's increasingly diverse tonal explorations."
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