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Behind the BeatJohn Coltrane
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By Loren Schoenberg, Conductor and Saxophonist

These lists have been compiled with the newcomer to jazz in mind. We have shied away from compilations wherever possible, for the simple reason that you may very well wind up buying the complete albums that were excerpted in the compilations. Here you have a small but representative sampling of some of the very best music John Coltrane recorded in every period of his career, with as little duplication as possible.

Audio sampleAcknowledgement [from a Love Supreme]
Recorded December 9, 1964
(Courtesy Verve Music Group)


Blue Train
Blue Note

Giant Steps
Atlantic

A Love Supreme
Impulse

Coltrane
Impulse

Live at Birdland
Impulse

Interstellar Space
Impulse

NPR Audio Feature NPR's Basic Jazz Record Library: John Coltrane
NPR's Murray Horwitz and jazz critic and poet AB Spellman recommend Trane's Blue Train (Blue Note).
(Courtesy NPRJazz.org)


NPR Audio Feature NPR's Basic Jazz Record Library: Coltrane/Hartmann
NPR's Murray Horwitz and jazz critic and poet AB Spellman recommend John Coltrane and Johnny Hartmann (Impulse).
(Courtesy NPRJazz.org)