Blue Train

John Coltrane - Blue Train
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1958 Ratings: #1
January 1958 / Release Date
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Blue Note Records / Label
Jazz / Genres
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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
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'Blue Train' currently stands as my favorite John Coltrane album. It's a true masterpiece for sure. That opening riff at the beginning of "Blue Train" is fantastic! I just admire everything about this record; it's gloomy aesthetic, exceptional playing from Coltrane, great cover, etc.
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Pretty tame hard bop. I enjoy this album a lot, but John's godlike playing doesn't get the chance to shine the way it gets to in future albums. It just feels like he hasn't found himself compositionally yet, the way he does in Giant Steps and Love Supreme.

Still really great hard bop anyone can get into, but far from his best work imo.
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Added on: April 21, 2013