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Old 12th September 2002, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default Best Coltrane Albums - Great Tenor Sax Recordings

I am sitting listening to the Prestige K2 remastered CD version of John Coltrane's "Lush Life." Fabulous sound and great music! I love these K2 and XRCD recordings!

Do any of you have favorite Coltrane albums that you would recommend? I have a series of his live recordings at the Village Vanguard or Blue Note (can't remember) that I don't like as much.

Also, how about some favorite saxophone recordings and players that you admire?

Thanks to All,

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Old 12th September 2002, 09:35 PM   #2
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In the "favorite vocals" thread, someone mentioned the John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman disc. I think both guys do some great work on this disc. Sorry , the name escapes me, but it should be easy to find.

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Old 13th September 2002, 12:04 AM   #3
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forgive me but i move this thread, we have a music board. I leave a link in this board, thread will be easy to find.

I did mention the John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recording. A recording as superb as this is "Duke Ellington and John Coltrane", Impulse! A-30.

But these are not the only Coltrane albums i recommend.

Absolute musts are the recordings Coltrane made together with Thelonious Monk on the Jazzland and Riverside label.

I am not all too much into early Coltrane except the "Coltrane" Prestige 7105 and the "Blue Train" (Blue Note 1577) but practically everything on the Atlantic label (exception "the Avant-Garde", the record he made together with Don Cherry) is highly recommended. The Atlantic crown jewel albums are:
Giant Steps
My favourite things
Coltrane plays the blues

On the impulse! label every and any recording is also highly recommended; i have only one i do not personally like so much: "Ballads"
The impulse! crown jewel albums are:
Africa Brass
A Love Supreme
Ascension (1st and 2nd edition)
Expression (and posthumous follow up "Stellar Regions")
Ascension and Expression are pure, unthinned Free Jazz.

Things i do not hunt are his recordings on the Pablo label; not that they are bad but there is the same material played better on other recordings.

Unlike other Jazz giants (i have Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk here in mind) Coltrane kept his incredible artistic level on record without interuptions, without any goof or deterioation. I have never heard a bad Coltrane record.
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Old 13th September 2002, 03:30 AM   #4
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Thanks ml and Bernhard.

I have always enjoyed Coltrane on the Miles albums I have. It's interesting that the guy was such a "music machine." Having hung around musicians for years, I can tell you that it is rare to find a player who is both a phenomenal artist and relentlessly consistent. Virtually everyone is one or the other, even "world-class" players.

I'll start collecting. I'm loving "Lush Life."
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Old 13th September 2002, 11:34 AM   #5
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Forgot one hint:
"Soultrane" in the Prestige label. The standards are almost inane melody-wise but once Coltrane starts improvising, WOW!!!
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I think that anyone who decides to colect Coltrane would do best buying "Heavyweight Champion - complete Atlantic recordings" collection - his greates and maybe the most "easy listening" albums are there.
Also, wonderfull Coltrane (not as a leader) can be heard on Davis' "Kind Of Blue" and "Someday My Will Come".
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Old 14th September 2002, 01:01 AM   #7
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Check out the soprano sax solo on Paul Butterfield's "In My Own Dream".

Also, the sax in "Mr. Charlie" on the Eric Burdon Declares War CD. You can almost hear his tonsils flapping against the reed!

Try the Naked Lunch soundtrack- lots of Ornette Coleman.
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my #1 coltrane favorite


If anyone doesn't got this record then go get it!

Impulse has it on 180gr vinyl - (Impulse Gr-156).

I'm listenig to it right now on my SOZ. It's amazing what 4 guys in '62 could do (J. Coltrane-sax, Elvin Jones-drums, jimmy garrison-bass and McCoy tyner-piano) , and it's also amazing how good it is on vinyl - far better then cd (I have it too, to listen in the car and stuff).

It's really good.
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Old 14th September 2002, 02:50 AM   #9
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Default Sonny Rollins

Crown jewel:
the "Saxophone Colossus" album on the Prestige label. Particularly "Blue Seven": this is a masterpiece. 100% wearproof; i listened to it a few 100 times, still discover new subtle details, interrelations.

This is a piece for the beginner, Rollins always stays close to the theme; relation between theme and improvisation always remains clear. A good piece to get acquainted with Modern Jazz.

This also is a piece for the advanced listener, see above. I consider it as formally perfect as any given Haydn string quartet and as complex as the most advanced Beethoven string quartets.

Other recommended Rollins albums:
Sonny Rollins vol.2 (Blue Note 1558), 2 tunes with Thelonious Monk
A night at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note 1581), checkout "A night in Tunesia"!
Newk's Time (Blue Note 4001)
Our man in jazz - Sonny Rollins (RCA Victor LPM-2612), with Don Cherry. Hot!
The Standard Sonny Rollins (RCA Victor LPM-3355). Standards. Just gorgeous.
Alfie (impulse! A-9111). Soundtrack.
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Old 14th September 2002, 03:02 AM   #10
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Originally posted by vuki
"Heavyweight Champion - complete Atlantic recordings" collection
Yes. a very good one. 12 LPs Listened to the whole box. One after the other (not all in the same sitting).

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