Album Details

Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz

Album Review

The first album to hit the shelves after Giant Steps, Coltrane Jazz was largely recorded in late 1959, although one of the eight songs ("Village Blues") was done in late 1960. On everything save the aforementioned "Village Blues," Coltrane used the Miles Davis rhythm section of pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. While not the groundbreaker that Giant Steps was, Coltrane Jazz was a good consolidation of his gains as he prepared to launch into his peak years of the 1960s. There are three standards aboard, but the group reaches their peak on Coltrane's original material, particularly "Harmonique" with its melodic leaps and upper-register saxophone strains and the winding, slightly Eastern-flavored principal riffs of "Like Sonny," dedicated to Sonny Rollins. The moody "Village Blues" features the lineup of McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums, and Steve Davis on bass; with the substitution of Jimmy Garrison on bass, that personnel would play on Coltrane's most influential and beloved 1960s albums. [Some reissues add four bonus tracks: alternate takes of "Like Sonny" and "I'll Wait and Pray" that were first issued on Alternate Takes and alternate takes of "Like Sonny" and "Village Blues" that came out on the Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings box.]
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Little Old Lady
  2. Village Blues
  3. My Shining Hour
  4. Fifth House
  5. Harmonique
  6. Like Sonny
  7. I'll Wait and Pray
  8. Some Other Blues
  9. Like Sonny [Alternate Version]
  10. I'll Wait and Pray [Alternate Take]
  11. Like Sonny [Alternate Take 5]
  12. Village Blues [Alternate Take]