Thursday, May 19, 2011

Video of the Week : "Blue Train" - John Coltrane

Yes, it's not a real video so sue me. Anyhow, Blue Train is an important Jazz piece on the John Coltrane album of the same name. Also just to mention John Coltrane is one of my favorite artists ever.

The album was released in 1957 under legendary Jazz label Blue Note Records. This album is considered Coltrane's first "true" solo album; he chose the musicians and wrote all the songs (including this song) except one on the album.

This song in particular is one the defining works of Coltrane. This song features Lee Morgan, legendary Jazz player in his own right with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass (another legendary player, having worked with almost all the major artists including Miles Davis and went to record "Kind of Blue" with Coltrane and Davis), Chris Fuller on trombone, also with the Jazz Messengers, Kenny Drew on piano, and PJ Jones on drums, yet another legend.

The song starts with a bluesy introduction, which then leads to the usual energetic and sometimes chaotic soloing by Coltrane, followed by an exceptional solo by Lee Morgan. Fuller comes next, then Drew, then Chambers, until the intro is repeated before the song ends.

A superb listen for Jazz and improv fans.

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