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Coltrane Plays The Blues (Deluxe)

John Coltrane

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Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for My Favorite Things, Coltrane Plays the Blues, and Coltrane's Sound. My Favorite Things was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays the Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session. As for the phrase "plays the blues" in the title, that's not an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues (they aren't). It's more indicative of a bluesy sensibility, whether he is playing muscular saxophone or, on "Blues to Bechet" and "Mr. Syms," the more unusual sounding (at the time) soprano sax. Elvin Jones, who hadn't been in Coltrane's band long, really busts out on the quicker numbers, such as "Blues to You" and "Mr. Day." [Some reissues add five bonus tracks: two alternates apiece of "Blues to Elvin" and "Blues to You," and "Untitled Original (Exotica)." All three were recorded on October 24, 1960. Also, a two-CD Expanded Edition released in 2017 included 13 bonus tracks recorded between 1957 and 1960, featuring the aforementioned Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner and bassist Steve Davis (both also heard on the original Plays the Blues album), as well as such additional jazz luminaries as Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Gene Ammons, Cecil Payne, Pepper Adams, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Red Garland, Mal Waldron, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor.]
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Blues to Elvin (LP Version)
00:07:51

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - McCoy Tyner, Piano - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1962 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

2
Blues to Bechet (LP Version)
00:05:44

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1962 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

3
Blues to You (LP Version)
00:06:27

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1962 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

4
Mr. Day (LP Version)
00:07:54

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - McCoy Tyner, Piano - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1962 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

5
Mr. Syms (LP Version)
00:05:20

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - McCoy Tyner, Piano - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1962 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

6
Mr. Knight (LP Version)
00:07:31

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - McCoy Tyner, Piano - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1962 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

7
Untitled Original (Alternate Take Exotica)
00:05:21

Phil Ramone, Engineer - TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass - McCoy Tyner, Piano - Elvin Jones, Drums - Neil Tessler, Writer

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1970 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

8
Blues To Elvin (Alternate Take 1)
00:10:57

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - McCoy Tyner, Piano - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1995 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

9
Blues To Elvin (Alternate Take 3)
00:05:52

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - McCoy Tyner, Piano - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1995 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

10
Blues To You (Alternate Take 1)
00:05:34

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1995 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

11
Blues To You (Alternate Take 2)
00:05:30

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Steve Davis, Bass Guitar - Elvin Jones, Drums

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Market ℗ 1995 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Album Description

Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for My Favorite Things, Coltrane Plays the Blues, and Coltrane's Sound. My Favorite Things was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays the Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session. As for the phrase "plays the blues" in the title, that's not an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues (they aren't). It's more indicative of a bluesy sensibility, whether he is playing muscular saxophone or, on "Blues to Bechet" and "Mr. Syms," the more unusual sounding (at the time) soprano sax. Elvin Jones, who hadn't been in Coltrane's band long, really busts out on the quicker numbers, such as "Blues to You" and "Mr. Day." [Some reissues add five bonus tracks: two alternates apiece of "Blues to Elvin" and "Blues to You," and "Untitled Original (Exotica)." All three were recorded on October 24, 1960. Also, a two-CD Expanded Edition released in 2017 included 13 bonus tracks recorded between 1957 and 1960, featuring the aforementioned Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner and bassist Steve Davis (both also heard on the original Plays the Blues album), as well as such additional jazz luminaries as Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Gene Ammons, Cecil Payne, Pepper Adams, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Red Garland, Mal Waldron, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor.]
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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