And epiphany occurred last week as I was prompted to pay homage to the quintessential voices in jazz from their prosperous and influential years as recording artist during the later fifties, sixties and early seventies. I’m honored to feature this new segment titled “Classic Jazz Revisited,” which spotlights the finest musicians and recordings from legendary music labels like Blue Note, CTI, Riverside, Verve, and Prestige Records etc … as always your recommendations are welcome!
John Coltrane -|- Plays the Blues – [Atlantic / Wea, 1960]
The recordings here come from the same October 1960 sessions that produced My Favorite Things, and while the all-blues album is far less famous, it’s an equivalent document of John Coltrane’s work in his earliest recordings of the quartet with drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner. The all-blues format emphasizes Coltrane’s personal relationship to the form, both his emotional depth and his capacity for harmonic extension on essentially modal materials. His soprano on “Blues to Bechet” is a summoning up of the blues form’s original power, also apparent in the slow and moving “Blues to Elvin.”
“Blues to You,” played with just Jones and bassist Steve Davis, is a hot coil of sound, Coltrane’s convoluted lines twisting into new shapes while he and Jones catch every possible nuance of the beat. “Mr. Knight” would later turn into “India,” but it’s already a floating modal figure for his tenor. This edition includes the alternate takes previously available only in the box set The Heavyweight Champion. —Stuart Broomer
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