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In September 1957 while in the midst of finding his own voice on the tenor saxophone in bands led by jazz freedom riders Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane enlisted a band of peers and entered Rudy Van Gelder’s Hackensack, N.J., studio. With a new spirit rising, Coltrane created BlueTrain, a 40-plus-minute masterwork that stands as one of the greatest jazz records of all time. It was only his second album as leader—and his sole recording under his own name for Blue Note Records. Of course, Trane, always the insatiable seeker, went on to launch new rockets of interstellar music—including 1959’s groundbreaking Giant Steps, 1964’s sublime jazz prayer A Love Supreme and 1966’s large ensemble expedition Ascension, which sparked the burgeoning free jazz movement.

John Coltrane - Blue Train

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  • 1. Blue Train

    2. Moment's Notice

    3. Locomotion

    4. I'm Old Fashioned

    5. Lazy Bird

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