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John Coltrane - The Art of Coltrane: The Atlantic Years - 2xLP Vinyl Record (1973)

John Coltrane - The Art of Coltrane: The Atlantic Years - 2xLP Vinyl Record (1973)

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John Coltrane - The Art of Coltrane: The Atlantic Years - (1973)

2xLP Vinyl Record

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“The Art of John Coltrane The Atlantic Years” is a double LP compilation released by the folks at Atlantic in the 70s, more than a decade after Trane had left the label for Impulse. There are other CD compilations by Atlantic and Blue Note that have similar names. Coltrane had started his career at Prestige and other labels and came to Atlantic in the late 50s when his playing was really starting to take off. During his time at Atlantic he released ultimate hard bop masterpieces such as “Giant Steps” as well as his initial forays into long line modal jams such as “My Favorite Things”. This compilation does a great job of capturing this important phase in Coltrane’s career that some may argue may be his peak. The recordings on here are top notch and Coltrane comes through loud and clear. If there is one complaint about the mixing, it would be nice if McCoy Tyner and the other pianists had a little more boost, but this was typical with combo recordings during this period.

Atlantic did a fairly good job of picking out the right tunes to offer, although the decision to leave out the classic “Naima” may be the one obvious bad choice. The other possible complaint is the order of the tunes. A nice feature of a good jazz compilation is that you can follow an artist’s development over the years. Not so with this collection, apparently there is no particular logic to the sequence of these tunes which is a shame as they blew a chance to show how Coltrane went from playing standards in an almost de-constructionist fury to more open-ended modal jams.

As can be expected, Coltrane’s playing on here is incredible, so also are contributions by Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy and others. If you want some early Coltrane on vinyl, this is a good one to go with. The original Atlantic Coltrane LPs from the early 60s will cost you a fortune, but this compilation often shows up in used record stores at a very reasonable price.

TRACKLIST

A1 Syeeda's Song Flute - 7:00
     Written-By – John Coltrane

A2 Aisha - 7:32
     Alto Saxophone – Eric Dolphy
     Bass – Reggie Workman
     Recorded By – Phil Ramone
     Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard
     Written-By – Alfred McCoy Tyner*

A3 Countdown - 2:21
     Written-By – John Coltrane

B1 Mr. Knight - 7:30
     Written-By – John Coltrane

B2 My Shining Hour - 4:50
     Written-By – Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen*

B3 Blues To Bechet - 5:44
     Written-By – John Coltrane

C1 The Invisible - 4:08
     Bass – Percy Heath
     Drums – Ed Blackwell
     Trumpet – Don Cherry
     Written-By – Ornette Coleman

C2 My Favorite Things - 13:41
     Written-By – Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein*

D1 Giant Steps - 4:43
     Written-By – John Coltrane

D2 Central Park West - 4:12
     Written-By – John Coltrane

D3 Like Sonny - 5:51
     Written-By – John Coltrane

D4 Body And Soul - 5:35
     Written-By – Edward Heyman, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Robert Sour

CREDITS

Bass – Paul Chambers (3) (tracks: A1, A3, B2, D1, D3), Steve Davis (tracks: B1, B3, C2, D2, D4)
Compilation Producer – Nesuhi Ertegun
Design [Album] – Stanislas Zagorski*
Drums – Art Taylor (tracks: A1, A3, D1), Elvin Jones (tracks: A2, B1, B3, C2, D2, D4), Jimmy Cobb (tracks: B2, D3)
Liner Notes – Martin Williams (6)
Piano – McCoy Tyner (tracks: A2, B1, B3, C2, D2, D4), Tommy Flanagan (tracks: A1, A3, D1), Wynton Kelly (tracks: B2, D3)
Recorded By [Recording Engineer] – Phil Iehle (tracks: A1, A3, C1, D1), Tom Dowd (tracks: A1, A3, B1 to B3, C2, D1 to D3,)
Soprano Saxophone – John Coltrane (tracks: B1, B3, C2, D2, D4)
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane (tracks: A1 to C1, D1 to D4)

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