Coltrane Jazz

Coltrane Jazz
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released January 1961[1]
Recorded March 26, 1959 (9 & 11)
November 24, 1959 (1, 7 &10)
December 2, 1959 (3-6 & 8)
October 21, 1960 (2 & 12)
Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 38:51 original LP
63:00 CD reissue
Label Atlantic
SD 1354
Producer Nesuhi Ertegün
John Coltrane chronology
Giant Steps
Coltrane Jazz
My Favorite Things
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]

Coltrane Jazz is the sixth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1354. The song "Village Blues" is noted as a landmark recording, as it marks the first session date of the early John Coltrane Quartet on record. Featured alongside Coltrane are pianist McCoy Tyner. drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Steve Davis (who would within 18 months have been replaced by first Reggie Workman and then Jimmy Garrison who would stay with 'Trane until his death.)


In 1959, Miles Davis' business manager Harold Lovett negotiated a contract for Coltrane with Atlantic, the terms including a $7000 annual guarantee.[5] After having recorded most of Giant Steps, Coltrane started having bridge problems, and did not return to a recording studio for six months.[6] In the late fall, he employed the rhythm section from the Miles Davis Quintet for two Atlantic sessions, which yielded the bulk of this album and the track "Naima" for Giant Steps.[7] "Like Sonny" is a tribute to colleague Sonny Rollins, whose playing Coltrane greatly admired.[8]

Having left the Davis band for good in the spring of 1960, Coltrane formed his first touring quartet for a residency at the Jazz Gallery club in Manhattan, eventually settling on the line-up of Tyner, Jones, and bassist Steve Davis in September.[9] This group entered the studio on October 21, recording "Village Blues" at the beginning of the week of sessions that produced My Favorite Things.

On June 20, 2000, Rhino Records reissued Coltrane Jazz as part of its Atlantic 50th Anniversary Jazz Gallery series. Included were four bonus tracks, two of which had appeared in 1975 on the Atlantic compilation Alternate Takes, the remaining pair earlier issued on The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings in 1995. Two bonus tracks, the alternate versions of "Like Sonny", had been recorded at the March 26, 1959 sessions that were not used for Giant Steps.[10]

Track listing

Side one

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Little Old Lady"  Hoagy Carmichael, Stanley Adams 4:28
2. "Village Blues"  John Coltrane 5:23
3. "My Shining Hour"  Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer 4:54
4. "Fifth House"  John Coltrane 4:44

Side two

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Harmonique"  John Coltrane 4:13
2. "Like Sonny"  John Coltrane 5:54
3. "I'll Wait and Pray"  George Treadwell, Jerry Valentine 3:35
4. "Some Other Blues"  John Coltrane 5:40

2000 reissue bonus tracks

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
9. "Like Sonny" (alternate version 1)John Coltrane 6:07
10. "I'll Wait and Pray" (alternate take)George Treadwell, Jerry Valentine 3:30
11. "Like Sonny" (alternate version 2)John Coltrane 8:15
12. "Village Blues" (alternate take)John Coltrane 6:17


Production personnel


  1. Billboard Jan 30, 1961
  2. Coltrane Jazz at AllMusic
  3. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. Lewis Porter. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1999. ISBN 0-472-10161-7, pp. 117-8.
  6. Ben Ratliff. Coltrane: The Story of A Sound. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. ISBN 978-0-374-12606-3, p. 53.
  7. Porter, p. 361
  8. Porter, pp. 156-7.
  9. Porter, pp. 171-180.
  10. Coltrane Jazz. Rhino R2 75204 liner notes, p. 11.
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