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Blue Note (Label) John Coltrane Blue Train Vinyl Album
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.29 x 31.39 x 0.79 cm; 684.07 Grams
- Manufacturer : X6SEF
- Item Model Number : UM-3771410
- Original Release Date : 2014
- Label : X6SEF
- ASIN : B00HG30CD4
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Although never formally signed, an oral agreement between John Coltrane and Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion was indeed honored on Blue Train — Coltrane’s only collection of sides as a principal artist for the venerable label. The disc is packed solid with sonic evidence of Coltrane’s innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry — touching upon all forms in between. The personnel on Blue Train is arguably as impressive as what they’re playing. Joining Coltrane (tenor sax) are Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The triple horn arrangements incorporate an additional sonic density that remains a trademark unique to both this band and album. Of particular note is Fuller’s even-toned trombone, which bops throughout the title track as well as the frenetic “Moments Notice.” Other solos include Paul Chambers’ subtly understated riffs on “Blue Train” as well as the high energy and impact from contributions by Lee Morgan and Kenny Drew during “Locomotion.” The track likewise features some brief but vital contributions from Philly Joe Jones — whose efforts throughout the record stand among his personal best. Of the five sides that comprise the original Blue Train, the Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer ballad “I’m Old Fashioned” is the only standard; in terms of unadulterated sentiment, this version is arguably untouchable. Fuller’s rich tones and Drew’s tastefully executed solos cleanly wrap around Jones’ steadily languid rhythms. Without reservation, Blue Train can easily be considered in and among the most important and influential entries not only of John Coltrane’s career, but of the entire genre of jazz music as well.
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I have compared a remastered official release with a Mobile Fidelity remastering of ‘Blue Train’ and found that the difference in audio quality is not particularly apparent. The Mobile Fidelity release might be a little warmer, ‘rounder’ sounding but this release sounds perhaps a little punchier and direct. So plenty to celebrate here: unquestionably great Coltrane relayed in very good audio quality and all at a wonderful price.
If you don’t have these albums – get this set. Highly recommended.
Two bonus albums "Traineing In" and "Dakar", where again both of these albums were recorded on just one day each, are a fantastic bonus on the second disc.
I have found the sound production to be exceptionally good and the sleeve notes are provided Joseph Adair.
"Blue Train" is one of my favourite jazz albums and I recommend it to all.
Small details make the difference more often than producers usually think. While Prestige signed Coltrane, the saxophonist saved his best compositions and ideas to be imprinted in this Blue Note masterpiece. The reason? Blue Note paid for rehearsals. Simple as that. Other interesting details concern the presence of young trumpeter Lee Morgan and trombonist Curtis Fuller. Their participation in certain harmonic sections is precious, lightly reminding the style of some West Coast Jazz groups. Coltrane also relied on Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones for the rhythm section, completing the group with the more than competent pianist Kenny Drew. Rudy van Gelder, as you may have guessed from the name of this edition, recorded the sessions and remastered the album.
The result is stunning. Coltrane sticks to the Hard Bop style, but there are plenty of explorations to be discovered. The two alternate takes included in this edition, while not as inspired as the chosen ones, serve as a measure of the degree of improvisation VS written music of the tunes. The sound quality is impressive, as expected from Van Gelder.
If this is one of your first insights into Jazz you are going to be sorry, because there are very few albums as deliciously catered as this one. Coltrane's later career might possibly let you down, since he changed radically his style after Blue Train. If this is the case, I'd recommend you to explore Coltrane's own Soultrane, published by Prestige, which is not far away from Blue Train in terms of style, although it lacks more melody. Also, be sure to listen to Lee Morgan, the trumpeter you'll hear in this Blue Train CD; you'll find The Sidewinder particularly pleasant, but also check Tom Cat (with Curtis Fuller, also trombonist in Blue Train) and The Rumproller, spiritual sequel to The Sidewinder. If you find yourself missing cool harmonies, you might want to listen to Art Pepper and Chet Baker's The Route.
I was not expecting a particularly good pressing as this is not on the original label but my copy is very well pressed with no cracks or crackles with amazing sound reproduction and a far better atmospheric sound the my CD copy, I am very happy this on blue vinyl, looks stunning with spinning on the deck!