Label: ORG Music – ORGM-1090 / Atlantic 1354 – AAA 100% Analogue
180g 45rpm Double LP Mastered From Original Analog Tapes!
Pressed at Pallas and Mastered by Bernie Grundman!
Originally released in 1960, and on the heels of Giant Steps, Coltrane Jazz came in the midst of the saxophonist’s peak Atlantic period. The album is among several recordings that Coltrane issued from 1959-1961, and which, ultimately, forever changed the face of music.
Featuring pianists Wynton Kelly and McCoy Tyner, bassists Paul Chambers and Steve Davis, and drummers Elvin Jones and Jimmy Cobb, the set was recorded at three separate sessions. The expert personnel are a harbinger of the great quartet Coltrane soon would assemble for 1960’s My Favorite Things. And while not as famous as that iconic title, Coltrane Jazz belongs in the pantheon of phenomenal jazz albums and is an absolute must for any music fan.
In addition to boasting superior performances and playing, the set marks Trane’s first use of multiphonics, the practice of extracting more than one tone at a time from the horn, which here, and unlike on any other Coltrane record, is querulously pitched, allowing him to explore new tonalities on tracks such as “Harmonique.” Innovations abound. Every cut is an original composition save for Johnny Mercer’s “My Shining Hour.” Not surprisingly, Miles Davis’ influence is felt throughout; his rhythm section is used on all but one selection.
ORG Music continues its praiseworthy archival vinyl series, presenting this landmark jazz effort cut at 45RPM and on first-rate 180g vinyl. Mastered from the original master tapes with meticulous care, Coltrane Jazz teems with new life, with the headliner’s horn playing and tonalities assuming lifelike richness, boldness, and presence. The supporting cast’s movements and fills are heard in pristine clarity, and the airiness that all jazz lovers prize is here in spades.