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The Art of John Coltrane [Blue Note]

The Art Of John Coltrane [Blue Note]


Assembled in 1992, this Blue Note CD should not be confused with an Atlantic release titled The Art of John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years. While that anthology focuses on the sax giant's Atlantic output of the late '50s and early '60s, this Art of John Coltrane spotlights his work for Blue Note from 1956-1958 -- most of it as a sideman. Thankfully, Blue Note had better taste than to give this CD an inappropriate title like "John Coltrane: The Blue Note Years." Such a title would have been inappropriate, because 1957's Blue Train was the only album that he recorded for Blue Note as a leader -- the vast majority of his pre-Atlantic albums were recorded for Prestige. Nonetheless, The Art of John Coltrane paints an exciting picture of his hard bop period. The CD contains two tracks from Blue Train: the exuberant "Moment's Notice" and the title piece, both of which illustrate that album's excellence. Coltrane is heard as a sideman on all of the other selections, which come from other artists' Blue Note sessions. And even though Coltrane isn't the leader, he is prominently featured on performances of Charlie Parker's "Dexterity," the standard "Speak Low," and "Trane's Blues" (also known as "John Paul Jones"). Meanwhile, Kenny Dorham's "Shifting Down" is from a 1958 session led by avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor. Although not as radical as the free jazz Taylor would provide in the '60s, "Shifting Down" is quite advanced for 1958 -- even in the '50s, Taylor was a forward thinker. And the term "forward thinker" certainly applies to Coltrane as well. Although not essential, this enjoyable disc demonstrates that the saxophonist was a distinctive, open-minded risk-taker before he signed with Atlantic and became one of the leaders of modal post-bop. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Kansas City
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  • Label: Blue Note (Label)
  • UPC: 077779917525


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Track listings

  • 1. Moment's Notice
  • 2. Blue Train
  • 3. Speak Low
  • 4. Just For The Love (Mono)
  • 5. Nita (Mono)
  • 6. Trane's Blues (A.K.A. John Paul Jones) (Mono)
  • 7. Dexterity (Mono)
  • 8. Shifting Down
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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