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John Coltrane

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. It seems amazing that his period of greatest activity was so short, not only because he recorded prolifically, but also because, taking advantage of his fame, the record companies that recorded him as a sideman in the 1950s frequently reissued those recordings under his name and there has been a wealth of posthumously released material as well. Since Coltrane was a protean player who changed his style radically over the course of his career, this has made for much confusion in his discography and in appreciations of his playing. There remains a critical divide between the adherents of his earlier, more conventional (if still highly imaginative) work and his later, more experimental work. No one, however, questions Coltrane's almost religious commitment to jazz or doubts his significance in the history of the music.

Coltrane was the son of John R. Coltrane, a tailor and amateur musician, and Alice (Blair) Coltrane. Two months after his birth, his maternal grandfather, the Reverend William Blair, was promoted to presiding elder in the A.M.E. Zion Church and moved his family, including his infant grandson, to High Point, NC, where Coltrane grew up. Shortly after he graduated from grammar school in 1939, his father, his grandparents, and his uncle died, leaving him to be raised in a family consisting of his mother, his aunt, and his cousin. His mother worked as a domestic to support the family. The same year, he joined a community band in which he played clarinet and E flat alto horn; he took up the alto saxophone in his high school band. During World War II, his mother, aunt, and cousin moved north to New Jersey to seek work, leaving him with family friends; in 1943, when he graduated from high school, he too headed north, settling in Philadelphia. Eventually, the family was reunited there.

While taking jobs outside music, Coltrane briefly attended the Ornstein School of Music and studied at Granoff Studios. He also began playing in local clubs. In 1945, he was drafted into the navy and stationed in Hawaii. He never saw combat, but he continued to play music and, in fact, made his first recording with a quartet of other sailors on July 13, 1946. A performance of Tadd Dameron's "Hot House," it was released in 1993 on the Rhino Records anthology The Last Giant. Coltrane was discharged in the summer of 1946 and returned to Philadelphia. That fall, he began playing in the Joe Webb Band. In early 1947, he switched to the King Kolax Band. During the year, he switched from alto to tenor saxophone. One account claims that this was as the result of encountering alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and feeling the better-known musician had exhausted the possibilities on the instrument; another says that the switch occurred simply because Coltrane next joined a band led by Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, who was an alto player, forcing Coltrane to play tenor. He moved on to Jimmy Heath's band in mid-1948, staying with the band, which evolved into the Howard McGhee All Stars until early 1949, when he returned to Philadelphia. That fall, he joined a big band led by Dizzy Gillespie, remaining until the spring of 1951, by which time the band had been trimmed to a septet. On March 1, 1951, he took his first solo on record during a performance of "We Love to Boogie" with Gillespie.

At some point during this period, Coltrane became a heroin addict, which made him more difficult to employ. He played with various bands, mostly around Philadelphia, during the early '50s, his next important job coming in the spring of 1954, when Johnny Hodges, temporarily out of the Duke Ellington band, hired him. But he was fired because of his addiction in September 1954. He returned to Philadelphia, where he was playing, when he was hired by Miles Davis a year later. His association with Davis was the big break that finally established him as an important jazz musician. Davis, a former drug addict himself, had kicked his habit and gained recognition at the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1955, resulting in a contract with Columbia Records and the opportunity to organize a permanent band, which, in addition to him and Coltrane, consisted of pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Philly" Joe Jones. This unit immediately began to record extensively, not only because of the Columbia contract, but also because Davis had signed with the major label before fulfilling a deal with jazz independent Prestige Records that still had five albums to run. The trumpeter's Columbia debut, 'Round About Midnight, which he immediately commenced recording, did not appear until March 1957. The first fruits of his association with Coltrane came in April 1956 with the release of The New Miles Davis Quintet (aka Miles), recorded for Prestige on November 16, 1955. During 1956, in addition to his recordings for Columbia, Davis held two marathon sessions for Prestige to fulfill his obligation to the label, which released the material over a period of time under the titles Cookin' (1957), Relaxin' (1957), Workin' (1958), and Steamin' (1961).

Coltrane's association with Davis inaugurated a period when he began to frequently record as a sideman. Davis may have been trying to end his association Prestige, but Coltrane began appearing on many of the label's sessions. After he became better known in the 1960s, Prestige and other labels began to repackage this work under his name, as if he had been the leader, a process that has continued to the present day. (Prestige was acquired by Fantasy Records in 1972, and many of the recordings in which Coltrane participated have been reissued on Fantasy's Original Jazz Classics [OJC] imprint.)

Coltrane tried and failed to kick heroin in the summer of 1956, and in October, Davis fired him, though the trumpeter had relented and taken him back by the end of November. Early in 1957, Coltrane formally signed with Prestige as a solo artist, though he remained in the Davis band and also continued to record as a sideman for other labels. In April, Davis fired him again. This may have given him the impetus finally to kick his drug habit, and freed of the necessity of playing gigs with Davis, he began to record even more frequently. On May 31, 1957, he finally made his recording debut as a leader, putting together a pickup band consisting of trumpeter Johnny Splawn, baritone saxophonist Sahib Shihab, pianists Mal Waldron and Red Garland (on different tracks), bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Al "Tootie" Heath. They cut an album Prestige titled simply Coltrane upon release in September 1957. (It has since been reissued under the title First Trane.)

In June 1957, Coltrane joined the Thelonious Monk Quartet, consisting of Monk on piano, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Shadow Wilson on drums. During this period, he developed a technique of playing several notes at once, and his solos began to go on longer. In August, he recorded material belatedly released on the Prestige albums Lush Life (1960) and The Last Trane (1965), as well as the material for John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio, released later in the year. (It was later reissued under the title Traneing In.) But Coltrane's second album to be recorded and released contemporaneously under his name alone was cut in September for Blue Note Records. This was Blue Train, featuring trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Kenny Drew, and the Miles Davis rhythm section of Chambers and "Philly" Joe Jones; it was released in December 1957. That month, Coltrane rejoined Davis, playing in what was now a sextet that also featured Cannonball Adderley. In January 1958, he led a recording session for Prestige that produced tracks later released on Lush Life, The Last Trane, and The Believer (1964). In February and March, he recorded Davis' album Milestones, released later in 1958. In between the sessions, he cut his third album to be released under his name alone, Soultrane, issued in September by Prestige. Also in March 1958, he cut tracks as a leader that would be released later on the Prestige collection Settin' the Pace (1961). In May, he again recorded for Prestige as a leader, though the results would not be heard until the release of Black Pearls in 1964.

Coltrane appeared as part of the Miles Davis group at the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1958. The band's set was recorded and released in 1964 on an LP also featuring a performance by Thelonious Monk as Miles & Monk at Newport. In 1988, Columbia reissued the material on an album called Miles & Coltrane. The performance inspired a review in Down Beat, the leading jazz magazine, that was an early indication of the differing opinions on Coltrane that would be expressed throughout the rest of his career and long after his death. The review referred to his "angry tenor," which, it said, hampered the solidarity of the Davis band. The review led directly to an article published in the magazine on October 16, 1958, in which critic Ira Gitler defended the saxophonist and coined the much-repeated phrase "sheets of sound" to describe his playing.

Coltrane's next Prestige session as a leader occurred later in July 1958 and resulted in tracks later released on the albums Standard Coltrane (1962), Stardust (1963), and Bahia (1965). All of these tracks were later compiled on a reissue called The Stardust Session. He did a final session for Prestige in December 1958, recording tracks later released on The Believer, Stardust, and Bahia. This completed his commitment to the label, and he signed to Atlantic Records, doing his first recording for his new employers on January 15, 1959, with a session on which he was co-billed with vibes player Milt Jackson, though it did not appear until 1961 with the LP Bags and Trane. In March and April 1959, Coltrane participated with the Davis group on the album Kind of Blue. Released on August 17, 1959, this landmark album known for its "modal" playing (improvisations based on scales or "modes," rather than chords) became one of the best-selling and most-acclaimed recordings in the history of jazz.

By the end of 1959, Coltrane had recorded what would be his Atlantic Records debut, Giant Steps, released in early 1960. The album, consisting entirely of Coltrane compositions, in a sense marked his real debut as a leading jazz performer, even though the 33-year-old musician had released three previous solo albums and made numerous other recordings. His next Atlantic album, Coltrane Jazz, was mostly recorded in November and December 1959 and released in February 1961. In April 1960, he finally left the Davis band and formally launched his solo career, beginning an engagement at the Jazz Gallery in New York, accompanied by pianist Steve Kuhn (soon replaced by McCoy Tyner), bassist Steve Davis, and drummer Pete La Roca (later replaced by Billy Higgins and then Elvin Jones). During this period, he increasingly played soprano saxophone as well as tenor.

In October 1960, Coltrane recorded a series of sessions for Atlantic that would produce material for several albums, including a final track used on Coltrane Jazz and tunes used on My Favorite Things (March 1961), Coltrane Plays the Blues (July 1962), and Coltrane's Sound (June 1964). His soprano version of "My Favorite Things," from the Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II musical The Sound of Music, would become a signature song for him. During the winter of 1960-1961, bassist Reggie Workman replaced Steve Davis in his band and saxophone and flute player Eric Dolphy, gradually became a member of the group.

In the wake of the commercial success of "My Favorite Things," Coltrane's star rose, and he was signed away from Atlantic as the flagship artist of the newly formed Impulse! Records label, an imprint of ABC-Paramount, though in May he cut a final album for Atlantic, Olé (February 1962). The following month, he completed his Impulse! debut, Africa/Brass. By this time, his playing was frequently in a style alternately dubbed "avant-garde," "free," or "The New Thing." Like Ornette Coleman, he played seemingly formless, extended solos that some listeners found tremendously impressive, and others decried as noise. In November 1961, John Tynan, writing in Down Beat, referred to Coltrane's playing as "anti-jazz." That month, however, Coltrane recorded one of his most celebrated albums, Live at the Village Vanguard, an LP paced by the 16-minute improvisation "Chasin' the Trane."

Between April and June 1962, Coltrane cut his next Impulse! studio album, another release called simply Coltrane when it appeared later in the year. Working with producer Bob Thiele, he began to do extensive studio sessions, far more than Impulse! could profitably release at the time, especially with Prestige and Atlantic still putting out their own archival albums. But the material would serve the label well after the saxophonist's untimely death. Thiele acknowledged that Coltrane's next three Impulse! albums to be released, Ballads, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, and John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman (all 1963), were recorded at his behest to quiet the critics of Coltrane's more extreme playing. Impressions (1963), drawn from live and studio recordings made in 1962 and 1963, was a more representative effort, as was 1964's Live at Birdland, also a combination of live and studio tracks, despite its title. But Crescent, also released in 1964, seemed to find a middle ground between traditional and free playing, and was welcomed by critics. This trend was continued with 1965's A Love Supreme, one of Coltrane's best-loved albums, which earned him two Grammy nominations, for Jazz Composition and Performance, and became his biggest-selling record. Also during the year, Impulse! released the standards collection The John Coltrane Quartet Plays... and another album of "free" playing, Ascension, as well as New Thing at Newport, a live album consisting of one side by Coltrane and the other by Archie Shepp.

The year 1966 saw the release of the albums Kulu Se Mama and Meditations, Coltrane's last recordings to appear during his lifetime, though he had finished and approved release for his next album, Expression, the Friday before his death in July 1967. He died suddenly of liver cancer, entering the hospital on a Sunday and expiring in the early morning hours of the next day. He had left behind a considerable body of unreleased work that came out in subsequent years, including "Live" at the Village Vanguard Again! (1967), Om (1967), Cosmic Music (1968), Selflessness (1969), Transition (1969), Sun Ship (1971), Africa/Brass, Vol. 2 (1974), Interstellar Space (1974), and First Meditations (For Quartet) (1977), all on Impulse! Compilations and releases of archival live recordings brought him a series of Grammy nominations, including Best Jazz Performance for the Atlantic album The Coltrane Legacy in 1970; Best Jazz Performance, Group, and Best Jazz Performance, Soloist, for "Giant Steps" from the Atlantic album Alternate Takes in 1974; and Best Jazz Performance, Group, and Best Jazz Performance, Soloist, for Afro Blue Impressions in 1977. He won the 1981 Grammy for Best Jazz Performance, Soloist, for Bye Bye Blackbird, an album of recordings made live in Europe in 1962, and he was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992, 25 years after his death.

John Coltrane is sometimes described as one of jazz's most influential musicians, and certainly there are other artists whose playing is heavily indebted to him. Perhaps more to the point, Coltrane is influential by example, inspiring musicians to experiment, take chances, and devote themselves to their craft. The controversy about his work has never died down, but partially as a result, his name lives on and his recordings continue to remain available and to be reissued frequently. ~ William Ruhlmann
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: All That Jazz, Vol. 70: John Coltrane & Friends (feat. Art Blakey) "The Meeting" (Remastered 2016)

2. Tippin'

5. Ain't Life Grand

6. The Outer World

7. Late Date

8. Aisha

9. Dahomey Dance

10. Olé

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Track List: The Atlantic Years In Mono

Disc 1

1. Giant Steps (Mono)

2. Cousin Mary (Mono)

3. Countdown (Mono)

4. Spiral (Mono)

5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Mono)

6. Naima (Mono)

7. Mr. P.C. (Mono)

Disc 3

1. Ole (Mono)

2. Dahomey Dance (Mono)

3. Aisha (Mono)

Disc 4

1. Blues To Elvin (Mono)

2. Blues To Bechet (Mono)

3. Blues To You (Mono)

4. Mr. Day (Mono)

5. Mr. Syms (Mono)

6. Mr. Knight (Mono)

Disc 6

1. 26-2 (Mono)

2. Original Untitled Ballad (Mono)

3. Untitled Original (Mono)

4. Centerpiece (Mono)

5. Stairway To The Stars (Mono)

6. Blues Legacy (Mono)

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Track List: 1960 Recordings

1. But Not for Me

2. Every Time We Say Goodbye

3. My Favourite Things

4. Summertime

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Track List: Jazz For A Lazy Day

1. Trane's Slo Blues

2. Slow Dance

3. Chronic Blues

4. Soultrane

5. Straight Street

6. Blue Train

7. While My Lady Sleeps

8. Sunday

9. Violets For Your Furs

10. On A Misty Night

11. Like Someone In Love

12. Mating Call

13. I Hear A Rhapsody

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Track List: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters

1. A Love Supreme, Pt. I – Acknowledgement

2. A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution

3. A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance

4. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm

5. A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance (Original Mono Reference Master)

6. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm (Original Mono Reference Master)

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Track List: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Super Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. A Love Supreme, Pt. I – Acknowledgement

2. A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution

3. A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance

4. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm

5. A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance (Original Mono Reference Master)

6. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm (Original Mono Reference Master)

Disc 2

1. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Vocal Overdub 2)

2. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Vocal Overdub 3)

3. A Love Supreme Pt. II - Resolution (Take 4/Alternate)

4. A Love Supreme Pt. II - Resolution (Take 6/Breakdown)

5. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm (Undubbed Version)

6. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Take 1/Alternate)

7. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Take 2/Alternate)

8. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Take 3/Breakdown With Studio Dialogue)

9. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Take 4/Alternate)

10. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Take 5/False Start)

11. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Take 6/Alternate)

Disc 3

1. Introduction (Live In Juan-Les-Pins, France/1965)

2. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement (Live In Juan-Les-Pins, France/1965)

3. A Love Supreme Pt. II - Resolution (Live In Juan-Les-Pins, France/1965)

4. A Love Supreme Pt. III - Pursuance (Live In Juan-Les-Pins, France/1965)

5. A Love Supreme Pt. IV - Psalm (Live In Juan-Les-Pins, France/1965)

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Track List: Offering: Live At Temple University

Disc 1

1. Naima (Live At Temple University)

2. Crescent (Live At Temple University)

Disc 2

1. Leo (Live At Temple University)

2. Offering (Live At Temple University)

3. My Favorite Thing (Live At Temple University)

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Track List: Jazz Journeys Presents The Birth Of Bebop

1. Ole

2. Shifting Down

4. My Favorite Things

5. To Her Ladyship

6. Smoke Stack

7. Central Park West

8. Tanganyika Strut

10. Giant Steps

11. Some Other Blues

12. Syeeda's Song Flute

13. I'll Wait And Pray

14. Harmonique

15. Soultrane

16. The Invisible

17. Locomotion

18. Spring Is Here

19. Fifth House

23. Blue Train

24. Blues To Bechet

25. The Theme

26. Like Sonny

27. Bye Bye Blackbird (Live)

28. Naima

30. Just For The Love

33. Bass Blues

35. Invitation

36. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

38. On A Misty Night

39. Impressions

40. Little Old Lady

41. Mating Call

43. But Not For Me

44. Don't Take Your Love From Me

45. Aisha

47. Mr Knight

48. Spiritual

49. Exotica

51. Lazy Bird

53. My Shining Hour

56. B.J.

57. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

58. Trane's Blues

59. Once In A While

60. I'm Old Fashioned

62. Sonny's Crib

66. Summertime

67. Body And Soul

68. One And Four (A.K.A Mr Day)

69. You Leave Me Breathless

70. Slow Dance

71. Moments Notice

73. Village Blues

74. Countdown

75. Everytime We Say Goodbye

76. Traneing In

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Track List: Sun Ship: The Complete Session

Disc 1

1. Dearly Beloved (Takes 1 & 2, False Start And Alternate Version)

2. Dearly Beloved (Take 3, Breakdown)

3. Dearly Beloved (Take 4, Complete Version)

4. Attaining (Take 1, Alternate Version)

5. Attaining (Take 2, Breakdown)

6. Attaining (Take 3, Complete Version)

7. Attaining (Take 4, Insert 1)

8. Sun Ship (Take 1, Breakdown)

9. Sun Ship (Take 2, Complete Alternate Version)

10. Sun Ship (Take 3, Insert 1)

11. Sun Ship (Take 4, Complete Version)

Disc 2

1. Studio Conversation

2. Ascent (Take 1, Complete Version)

3. Ascent (Take 2, Incomplete Version)

4. Ascent (Take 3, False Starts And Incomplete Version)

5. Ascent (Takes 4-6, Inserts/False Starts)

6. Ascent (Take 7, Complete Insert 4)

7. Ascent (Take 8, Complete Insert 5)

8. Amen (Take 1, Alternate Version)

9. Amen (Take 2, Released Version)

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Track List: Seven

2. Blue Train

3. Impressions

4. Spiritual

5. Traneing In

7. My Favorite Things

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Track List: From NYC To Stockholm '62

1. Naima

2. Traneing In

3. Impressions

4. My Favorite Things

6. Bye, Bye Blackbird

7. Mr. P.C.

10. Naima (Alternate Take)

11. I Want To Talk About You

15. Every Time We Say Goodbye

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Track List: Concert In Japan

1. Spoken Introduction (Concert In Japan)

2. Peace On Earth (Concert In Japan)

3. Meditations/Leo (Concert In Japan)

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Track List: Expression

1. Ogunde

2. To Be

3. Offering

4. Expression

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Track List: Om

1. Om

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Track List: The Sweet Sound Of Jazz

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Track List: Grandes Del Jazz 23: Early Train (1956-1958)

Disc 1

1. Trane's Blues

3. Soultrane

4. Violets For Your Furs

5. Blue Train

6. Moment's Notice

7. Locomotion

8. I'm Old Fashioned

9. Lazy Bird

Disc 2

1. Nakatini Serenade

2. Lush Life

3. I Want To Talk About You

5. Stardust

7. Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?

8. Something I Dreamed Last Night

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Track List: Coltrane (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)

1. Bakai

2. Violets For Your Furs

3. Time Was

4. Straight Street

5. While My Lady Sleeps

6. Chronic Blues

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Track List: Kulu Se Mama (Originals Version)

1. Kulu Sé Mama (Juno Sé Mama)

2. Vigil

3. Welcome

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Track List: Timeless John Coltrane

1. Count Down

2. E.F.F.P.H.

3. Once In A While

4. West 42nd Street

5. B.J.

6. Dial Africa

7. Tanganyika Strut

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Track List: A Giant Step In Jazz

9. Giant Steps (Alternate Take)

10. Naima (Alternate Take)

11. Like Sonny (Alternate Take)

12. Spiral

13. Countdown

14. Countdown

15. Syeeda's Song Flute

16. Syeeda's Song Flute (Alternate Take)

17. Mr. P.C.

18. Giant Steps

19. Cousin Mary

20. Cousin Mary (Alternate Take)

21. I'll Wait And Pray

22. I'll Wait And Pray (Alternate Take)

23. Little Old Lady

24. Like Sonny

25. Harmonique

26. My Shining Hour

27. Naima

28. Some Other Blues

29. Fifth House

35. Village Blues

36. Village Blues (Alternate Take)

37. My Favorite Things

38. Central Park West

39. Mr. Syms

40. Untitled Original (Alternate Take Exotica)

41. Summertime

42. Body And Soul

43. Body And Soul (Alternate Take)

44. Mr. Knight

45. Blues To Elvin

46. Mr. Day

48. Blues To You

49. Blues To Bechet

50. Satellite

51. Everytime We Say Goodbye

52. 26-2

53. But Not For Me

54. Liberia

55. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

56. Equinox

57. Ole

58. Dahomey Dance

59. Aisha

60. To Her Ladyship (Original Untitled Ballad)

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Track List: My Favorite Things: Coltrane At Newport

1. I Want To Talk About You (Extended With Introduction) (Live, 1963 Newport Jazz Festival))

2. My Favorite Things (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival, 1963)

3. Impressions (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival, 1963)

4. Introduction To John Coltrane's Set By Father Norman O'Connor (Live At Newport Jazz Festival, 1965)

5. One Down, One Up (Live At Newport Jazz Festival, 1965)

6. My Favorite Things (Live At The Newport Jazz Festival, 1965)

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Track List: Fearless Leader (Box Set)

Disc 1

1. Straight Street

2. While My Lady Sleeps

3. Chronic Blues

4. Bakai

5. Violets For Your Furs

6. Time Was

7. I Hear A Rhapsody

8. Trane's Slo Blues

9. Slowtrane

10. Like Someone In Love

11. I Love You

Disc 2

1. You Leave Me Breathless

2. Bass Blues

3. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

4. Traneing In

5. Slow Dance

6. Lush Life

7. The Believer

8. Nakatini Serenade

Disc 3

1. Come Rain Or Come Shine

2. Lover

3. Russian Lullaby

4. Theme For Ernie

5. You Say You Care

6. Good Bait

7. I Want To Talk About You

8. Rise 'n' Shine

9. I See Your Face Before Me

Disc 4

1. If There Is Someone Lovlier Than You

2. Little Melonae

3. By The Numbers

4. Black Pearls

5. Lover Come Back To Me

6. Sweet Sapphire Blues

Disc 5

1. Spring Is Here

2. Invitation

3. I'm A Dreamer, Aren't We All

4. Love Thy Neighbor

5. Don't Take Your Love From Me

6. Stardust

7. My Ideal

8. I'll Get By

Disc 6

1. Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?

2. Then I'll Be Tired Of You

3. Something I Dreamed Last Night

4. Bahia

5. Goldsboro Express

6. Time After Time

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Track List: To Go: Stick It In Your Ear

2. Alabama

3. Impressions

4. After The Rain

6. Naima

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Track List: The Impulse Story

1. Greensleeves

2. Chasin' The Trane (Live At The Village Vanguard/1961)

3. Tunji

4. Impressions

5. After The Rain

6. Bessie's Blues

7. A Love Supreme, Pt. I – Acknowledgement

8. The Father And The Son And The Holy Ghost

9. Ogunde

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: John Coltrane

1. My Favorite Things, Pt 1 (Single Version)

2. Equinox

3. Cousin Mary

4. Giant Steps

5. Everytime We Say Goodbye

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Track List: Prestige Profiles: John Coltrane

Disc 1

1. Russian Lullaby

2. The Way You Look Tonight

3. On A Misty Night

4. Come Rain Or Come Shine

5. Dakar

6. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

7. Theme For Ernie

8. Bahia

9. Lover Come Back To Me

10. I Hear A Rhapsody

11. Trane's Slo Blues (Aka Slowtrane)

Disc 2
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Track List: One Down, One Up: Live At The Half Note

Disc 1

1. Introductions & Announcements

2. One Down, One Up (live)

3. Announcements

4. Afro Blue (live)

Disc 2

1. Introductions & Announcements

2. Song of Praise (live)

3. Announcements (live)

4. My Favorite Things (live)

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Track List: Tolonen Plays Coltrane!

1. Giant Steps

2. Lonnie's Lament

3. Impressions

4. Naima

5. Afro Blue

6. Lazy Bird

7. Moment's Notice

8. Resolution

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Track List: Plays For Lovers

1. I Want To Talk About You

2. Violets For Your Furs

3. Invitation

4. Slow Dance

5. Lush Life

6. Like Someone In Love

7. Stardust

8. While My Lady Sleeps

9. You Leave Me Breathless

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Track List: Ballads (Deluxe Edition)

1. They Say It's Wonderful

2. All Or Nothing At All (Take 2)

3. Greensleeves (Take 2)

4. Greensleeves (Take 4)

5. Greensleeves (Take 5)

7. Greensleeves (Take 11)

8. It's Easy To Remember (Take 2)

9. It's Easy To Remember (Take 4)

10. It's Easy To Remember (Take 6)

11. It's Easy To Remember (Take 7)

12. It's Easy To Remember (Take 9)

13. It's Easy To Remember (Take 11)

14. It's Easy To Remember (Take 13)

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Track List: Coltrane (Deluxe Edition)

1. Not Yet

2. Miles' Mode

3. Tunji

5. Tunji

6. Tunji

7. Impressions

8. Impressions

10. Up 'Gainst The Wall

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Track List: Live Trane - The European Tours

Disc 1

1. Impressions (Live In Paris, France / 1961)

2. My Favorite Things (Live In Paris, France / 1961)

3. Blue Train (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1961)

4. Naima (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1961)

5. Impressions (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1961)

6. My Favorite Things (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1961)

Disc 2

1. Mr. P.C. (Live In Hamburg, Germany / 1961)

2. Miles' Mode (Live In Hamburg, Germany / 1961)

3. My Favorite Things (Live In Hamburg, Germany / 1961)

4. Norman Granz Band Introduction (Live)

5. Bye Bye Blackbird (Live In Paris, France / 1962)

6. The Inch Worm (Live In Paris, France / 1962 / Version 1)

7. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Live In Paris, France / 1962)

Disc 3

1. Mr. P.C. (Live In Paris, France / 1962 / Version 1)

2. My Favorite Things (Live In Paris, France / 1962)

3. The Inch Worm (Live In Paris, France / 1962 / Version 2)

4. Mr. P.C. (Live In Paris, France / 1962 / Version 2)

5. Naima (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1962)

Disc 4

1. Traneing In (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1962)

2. Bye Bye Blackbird (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1962)

3. Impressions (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1962)

4. Swedish Introduction (Live)

5. Traneing In (Live In Stockholm, Sweden /1963 / Take 2)

6. Mr. P.C. (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1963 / Take 4)

Disc 5

1. Naima (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1963 / Take 3)

2. The Promise (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1963)

3. Spiritual (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1963)

4. Impressions (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1963)

5. I Want To Talk About You (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1963 / Take 1)

6. My Favorite Things (Live In Stockholm, Sweden / 1963 / Take 4)

Disc 6

1. Mr. P.C. (Live At Salle Pleyel, Paris, France / 1963 / Take 5)

2. Lonnie's Lament (Live In Berlin, Germany / 1963)

3. Naima (Live In Berlin, Germany / 1963 / Take 4)

4. Chasin' The Trane (Live In Berlin, Germany / 1963)

5. My Favorite Things (Live In Berlin, Germany / 1963 / Take 5)

Disc 7

1. Afro Blue (Live In Berlin, Germany / 1963)

2. Cousin Mary (Live In Berlin, Germany / 1963)

3. I Want To Talk About You (Live In Berlin, Germany / 1963 / Take 2)

4. Impressions (Live In Stuttgart, Germany / 1963 / Take 5)

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Track List: Spiritual

1. Welcome

2. A Love Supreme: Part I - Acknowledgement

3. Dear Lord

4. Song Of Praise

5. Wise One

6. Tunji

7. Ogunde

8. Spiritual

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Track List: Standards

1. All Or Nothing At All

2. Greensleeves

3. Lush Life

4. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

5. I Want To Talk About You

6. The Inch Worm

7. Autumn Serenade

8. Feelin' Good

9. What's New

10. Out Of This World

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Track List: Coltrane For Lovers

1. My One And Only Love

2. Too Young To Go Steady

3. In A Sentimental Mood

4. It's Easy To Remember

5. Dedicated To You

6. Don't Know What Love Is

7. After The Rain

8. My Little Brown Book

9. Soul Eyes

10. They Say It's Wonderful

11. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)

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Track List: The Definitive John Coltrane (Original Recordings Remastered)

1. 'Round Midnight (Remastered)

2. Mr. P.C. (Remastered)

3. Naima (Remastered)

4. My Favorite Things (Remastered)

5. Chasin' The Trane (Remastered)

6. In A Sentimental Mood (Remastered)

7. Afro Blue (Remastered)

8. Alabama (Remastered)

9. Acknowledgement (Remastered)

10. Jupiter (Remastered)

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Track List: The Very Best Of John Coltrane

1. Giant Steps

2. Cousin Mary

3. Naima

4. Like Sonny

5. My Shining Hour

6. My Favorite Things

7. Central Park West

8. Summertime

9. Mr. Syms

10. Equinox

11. Body And Soul

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Track List: The Classic Quartet: Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings

Disc 1

1. Greensleeves

3. The Inch Worm

5. Out Of This World

6. Soul Eyes

7. Miles' Mode

8. Tunji

11. Up 'gainst The Wall

Disc 2

1. You Don't Know What Love Is

4. After The Rain

5. Dear Old Stockholm

6. Your Lady

8. Lonnie's Lament

Disc 3

1. Crescent

Disc 4

2. Song Of Praise

3. After The Crescent

4. Dear Lord

5. One Down, One Up

6. Welcome

Disc 5
Disc 6

1. Vigil

3. Dearly Beloved

4. Attaining

5. Sun Ship

6. Ascent

7. Amen

Disc 7

1. Love

2. Compassion

3. Joy

4. Consequences

5. Serenity

Disc 8
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Track List: More John Coltrane

1. The Inch Worm

3. Up 'Gainst The Wall

5. Lush Life

7. Soul Eyes

9. Afro Blue

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Track List: Living Space

1. Living Space

2. Untitled 90314

3. Dusk-Dawn

4. Untitled 90320

5. The Last Blues

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Track List: My Favorite Things (Deluxe Edition)

1. My Favorite Things

2. Everytime We Say Goodbye

3. Summertime

4. But Not For Me

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Track List: Live At The Village Vanguard- The Master Takes

1. Spiritual

2. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

3. Chasin' The Trane

4. India

5. Impressions

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Track List: The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane (Reissue)

2. Filidia

4. Paul's Pal

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Track List: The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings

Disc 1

1. India (A) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

2. Chasin' The Trane (A) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

3. Impressions (A) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

4. Spiritual (A) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

5. Miles' Mode (A) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

6. Naima (A) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

Disc 2

1. Brasilia (A) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

2. Chasin' Another Trane (B) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

3. India (B) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

4. Spiritual (B) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

5. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (B) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

Disc 3

1. Chasin' The Trane (B) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

2. Greensleeves (B) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

3. Impressions (B) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

4. Spiritual (C) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

5. Naima (C) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

6. Impressions (C) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

Disc 4

1. India (C) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

2. Greensleeves (C) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

3. Miles' Mode (C) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

4. India (D) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

5. Spiritual (D) (Live At The Village Vanguard)

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Track List: Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings

9. Giant Steps (Alternate Take)

10. Naima (Alternate Take)

11. Like Sonny (Alternate Take)

12. Spiral

13. Countdown

14. Countdown

15. Syeeda's Song Flute

16. Syeeda's Song Flute (Alternate Take)

17. Mr. P.C.

18. Giant Steps

19. Cousin Mary

20. Cousin Mary (Alternate Take)

21. I'll Wait And Pray

22. I'll Wait And Pray (Alternate Take)

23. Little Old Lady

24. Like Sonny

25. Harmonique

26. My Shining Hour

27. Naima

28. Some Other Blues

29. Fifth House

35. Village Blues

36. Village Blues (Alternate Take)

37. My Favorite Things

38. Central Park West

39. Mr. Syms

40. Untitled Original (Alternate Take Exotica)

41. Summertime

42. Body And Soul

43. Body And Soul (Alternate Take)

44. Mr. Knight

46. Blues To Elvin

47. Mr. Day

49. Blues To You

50. Blues To Bechet

51. Satellite

52. Everytime We Say Goodbye

53. 26-2

54. But Not For Me

55. Liberia

56. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

57. Equinox

58. Ole

59. Dahomey Dance

60. Aisha

61. To Her Ladyship (Original Untitled Ballad)

82. Giant Steps (Take 3, Incomplete)

83. Giant Steps (Take 6, Alternate)

84. Blues To Elvin (Take 2, False Start)

85. Blues To Elvin (Take 3, Alternate)

86. Blues To You (Take 2, Alternate)

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Track List: Live In Paris

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Track List: Newport '63

1. I Want To Talk About You (Live)

2. My Favorite Things (Live)

3. Impressions (Live)

4. Chasin' Another Trane (Live)

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Track List: The Art Of Coltrane

1. Moments Notice

2. Blue Train

3. Speak Low

4. Just For Love

5. Nita

6. Trane's Blues (Aka John Paul Jones) (Instrumental)

7. Dexterity

8. Shifting Down

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Track List: The Major Works of John Coltrane

Disc 1

1. Ascension - Edition I

2. Om

Disc 2

3. Selflessness

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Track List: Bye Bye Blackbird

1. Bye Bye Blackbird (Live)

2. Traneing In (Live)

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Track List: Coltrane Time (Remastered)

1. Shifting Down

2. Just Friends

3. Like Someone In Love

4. Double Clutching

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Track List: Wheelin' & Dealin'

1. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

2. Wheelin' (Take 2)

3. Wheelin' (Take 1)

4. Robbins Nest

5. Dealin' (Take 2)

6. Dealin' (Take 1)

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Track List: The Complete Africa / Brass Sessions

Disc 1

1. Greensleeves

2. Song Of The Underground Railroad

3. Greensleeves (Alternate Take)

4. The Damned Don't Cry

5. Africa

Disc 2

1. Blues Minor

2. Africa (Alternate Take)

3. Africa

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Track List: Standard Coltrane

1. Don't Take Your Love From Me

2. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

3. Spring Is Here

4. Invitation

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Track List: The European Tour (Live)

1. The Promise (Live)

2. I Want To Talk About You (Live)

3. Naima (Live)

4. Mr. P.C. (Live)

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Track List: The Paris Concert (Live)

1. Mr. P.C. (Live In Paris 1962)

2. The Inch Worm (Live In Paris 1962)

3. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Live In Paris 1962)

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Track List: First Meditations

1. Love

2. Compassion

3. Joy

4. Consequences

5. Serenity

6. Joy (Alternate Version)

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Track List: The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane

1. Soul Eyes

2. What's New

3. Welcome

4. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)

5. My Little Brown Book

6. Wise One

7. Lush Life

8. Alabama

9. My One And Only Love

10. After The Rain

11. In A Sentimental Mood (1964)

12. Dear Lord

13. I Want To Talk About You

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Track List: Afro Blue Impressions

Disc 1

2. Naima (Live)

3. Chasin' The Trane (Live)

Disc 2

1. Afro Blue (Live)

3. I Want To Talk About You (Live)

4. Spiritual (Live)

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Track List: Infinity

1. Peace On Earth

2. Living Space

3. Joy

4. Leo

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Track List: Sun Ship

1. Sun Ship

2. Dearly Beloved

3. Amen

4. Attaining

5. Ascent

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Track List: Transition

1. Transition

2. Welcome

3. Suite

4. Vigil

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Track List: Interstellar Space

1. Mars

2. Venus

3. Jupiter

4. Saturn

5. Leo

6. Jupiter Variation

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Track List: Stellar Regions

1. Seraphic Light

2. Sun Star

3. Stellar Regions

4. Iris

5. Offering

6. Configuration

7. Jimmy's Mode

8. Tranesonic

9. Stellar Regions (Alternate Take)

10. Sun Star (Alternate Take)

11. Tranesonic (Alternate Take)

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Track List: The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording (Live)

1. Introduction (Live)

2. Ogunde (Live)

3. My Favorite Things (Live)

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Track List: Live At The Village Vanguard Again!

1. Naima (1966)

2. Introduction To My Favorite Things (1966)

3. My Favorite Things (1966)

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Track List: Meditations

1. The Father And The Son And The Holy Ghost

2. Compassion

3. Love

4. Consequences

5. Serenity

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Track List: Live In Seattle

Disc 1

1. Cosmos (Live)

2. Out Of This World (Live)

3. Body And Soul (Live)

4. Tapestry In Sound (Live)

Disc 2

1. Evolution (Live)

2. Afro Blue (Live)

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Track List: Ascension

2. Ascension - Edition I

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Track List: The John Coltrane Quartet Plays

1. Chim Chim Cheree

2. Brazilia

3. Nature Boy

4. Song Of Praise

5. Feelin' Good

6. Nature Boy (First Version)

7. Nature Boy (Live Version 1965)

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Track List: Kulu Se Mama

1. Kulu Se Mama (Juno Se Mama)

2. Vigil

3. Welcome

4. Selflessness

5. Dust Dawn

6. Dust Dawn (Alternative Take)

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Track List: A Love Supreme (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Part 1 - Acknowledgement

2. Part 2 - Resolution

3. Part 3 - Pursuance

4. Part 4 - Psalm

Disc 2

1. Introduction By Andre Francis

2. Part 1 - Acknowledgment (Live)

3. Part 2 - Resolution (Live)

4. Part 3 - Pursuance (Live)

5. Part 4 - Psalm (Live)

6. Part 2 - Resolution (Alternate Take)

7. Part 2 - Resolution (breakdown)

8. Part 1 - Acknowledgment (Alternate Take)

9. Part 1 - Acknowledgment (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Selflessness Featuring My Favorite Things

1. My Favorite Things

2. I Want To Talk About You (Live In Berlin, Germany / 1963 / Take 2)

3. Selflessness

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Track List: Dear Old Stockholm

1. Dear Old Stockholm

2. After The Rain

3. One Down, One Up

4. After The Crescent

5. Dear Lord

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Track List: Coltrane's Sound

1. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

2. Central Park West

3. Liberia

4. Body And Soul

6. Satellite

7.