Blue Train

John Coltrane - Blue Train
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Based on 498 ratings
1958 Ratings: #1
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100
AllMusic

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.

Tristan
90

“To be a musician is really something. It goes very, very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am - my faith, my knowledge, my being... When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups.”
-John Coltrane

Blue Train, recorded in 1957, is often considered John Coltrane's first masterpiece. It is truly astonishing how much Coltrane was able to progress from the 40s to the ... read more

Ryannn
NR

Old School jazz has never been near my musical playing field. Hints of jazz can be found in Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, or even Rock/Punk, but those styles are very different from the 50s and 60s sound. In the past, I’ve tried multiple defining jazz records, but nothing was clicking for me. With John Coltrane’s “Blue Train”, I was able to break that barrier, and finally appreciate the genre for what it is.

I used to see jazz as a form of music that was intended to play at ... read more

Doublez
96

One could almost say that John Coltrane is approaching the status of a deity in the field of music, as he is probably one of the most creative and influential jazz artists and saxophonists in his history. I would say that if I were to make my dream quintet, I would put without any hesitation Coltrane (on tenor saxophone), Miles Davis (on trumpet), Thelonious Monk (on piano) Charles Mingus (on bass) and finally Art Blakey (on drums). In addition to having this avant-garde spirit, John Coltrane ... read more

mike_drop
80

Another big thank you to @Tristan for the recommendation! And this just so happens to be another great record!

I honestly found this to be quite similar to "Moanin'" in a lot of ways, but this definitely has its' own style and atmosphere. The tracks here all go through so much evolution, and these changes are all done so subtly that by the end of a song you don't really feel like that much time has passed, even though all these tracks are pretty long.

Once again, I'm incredibly ... read more

pedrosabe16
97

Wow, I'm amazed. I knew something good was in store due to Coltrane's reputation. However, when I hit play, the sound completely took over me. This is the best jazz record I've heard so far. Every song is 7 to 10 minutes of pure chemistry, passion and genius. Although lengthy, it NEVER gets tiring. These compositions sound incredibly pleasant to the ear while also showcasing rarely matched prowess. If you wanna get into jazz, highly recommend this as a gateway.

Tristan
90

“To be a musician is really something. It goes very, very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am - my faith, my knowledge, my being... When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups.”
-John Coltrane

Blue Train, recorded in 1957, is often considered John Coltrane's first masterpiece. It is truly astonishing how much Coltrane was able to progress from the 40s to the ... read more

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Track List

1Blue Train
10:44
95
2Moment's Notice
9:10
92
3Locomotion
7:14
90
4I'm Old Fashioned
7:57
91
5Lazy Bird
7:07
87
Total Length: 42 minutes
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Added on: April 21, 2013