JOHN COLTRANE — Blue Train (review)

JOHN COLTRANE — Blue Train album cover Album · 1957 · Hard Bop Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Warthur
I kind of think of Blue Train as occupying the same sort of space in John Coltrane's discography as Kind of Blue does in Miles Davis' - it's nothing to do with them sounding similar because they don't, Blue Train is much faster and busier - but both albums were recorded well before the individuals concerned started getting really avant-garde and experimental and shows them absolutely owning the classic jazz sound. Here, Coltrane and his fellow musicians produce an absolutely iconic hard bop set; there's great instrumental performances all round, but it's the brass section of Coltrane, Curtis Fuller and Lee Morgan who really shine here. On early listens it sounded a bit light, but once I started getting an ear for it I realised that there's a lot more going on - it's certainly an album which rewards repeated listens, and still sounds fresh every time you listen to it too.
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