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John Coltrane – Giant Steps (2020 Remaster) (1960/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Coltrane – Giant Steps (2020 Remaster) (1960/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:32 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed the likes of which may never truly be appreciated. Giant Steps bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the music as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience. Although this was John Coltrane’s debut for Atlantic, he was concurrently performing and recording with Miles Davis. Within the space of less than three weeks, Coltrane would complete his work with Davis and company on another genre-defining disc, Kind of Blue, before commencing his efforts on this one. Coltrane (tenor sax) is flanked by essentially two different trios. Recording commenced in early May of 1959 with a pair of sessions that featured Tommy Flanagan (piano) and Art Taylor (drums), as well as Paul Chambers – who was the only bandmember other than Coltrane to have performed on every date. When recording resumed in December of that year, Wynton Kelly (piano) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) were instated – replicating the lineup featured on Kind of Blue, sans Miles Davis of course. At the heart of these recordings, however, is the laser-beam focus of Coltrane’s tenor solos. All seven pieces issued on the original Giant Steps are likewise Coltrane compositions. He was, in essence, beginning to rewrite the jazz canon with material that would be centered on solos – the 180-degree antithesis of the art form up to that point. These arrangements would create a place for the solo to become infinitely more compelling. This would culminate in a frenetic performance style that noted jazz journalist Ira Gitler accurately dubbed “sheets of sound.” Coltrane’s polytonal torrents extricate the amicable and otherwise cordial solos that had begun decaying the very exigency of the genre – turning it into the equivalent of easy listening. He wastes no time as the disc’s title track immediately indicates a progression from which there would be no looking back. Line upon line of highly cerebral improvisation snake between the melody and solos, practically fusing the two. The resolute intensity of “Countdown” does more to modernize jazz in 141 seconds than many artists do in their entire careers. Tellingly, the contrasting and ultimately pastoral “Naima” was the last tune to be recorded, and is the only track on the original long-player to feature the Kind of Blue quartet. What is lost in tempo is more than recouped in intrinsic melodic beauty. Both Giant Steps [Deluxe Edition] and the seven-disc Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings offer more comprehensive presentations of these sessions.

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John Coltrane – The Art Of John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years (1990/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Coltrane – The Art Of John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years (1990/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 73:56 minutes | 2,95 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | © Rhino Atlantic

This ground-breaking anthology features Coltrane’s greatest hits from his Atlantic period. The album compiled of originals and classic standards includes the massive hits “My Favorite Things,” “Body and Soul” and “Giant Steps.” This Hi-Res remastering is the only way to experience one of jazz’s greatest tenor players.

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John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle (Live) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle (Live) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 01:15:28 minutes | 3,28 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Impulse!

This is a monumental recording. Not just in the sense of its historical import—and there is quite a bit of that—but also in the sense of its sheer sonic impact. This live set, recorded on the last of a six-night stand at Seattle’s Penthouse jazz club in early autumn 1965, documents one of the very few times that Coltrane would perform the entirety of A Love Supreme in a concert setting. The group that recorded Supreme in the studio—Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones—was expanded to include two additional members, Pharoah Sanders and Donald Rafael Garrett, at the conclusion of some shows in San Francisco. Coltrane was so inspired by the musical magic this sextet was making, he paid for the group to be recorded during their Seattle shows. One night of those shows—the September 30 gig—had already been previously released as the Live in Seattle album, featuring atomic-bomb-level explosions of raw, free-jazz intensity like “Evolution” and “Cosmos.” However, this October 1 show (recorded for posterity by local Seattle jazz legend Joe Brazil) is just now seeing the light of day and is simultaneously more contained and more exploratory than the previous night’s material. Unbelievably, the already beefy Coltrane sextet that was on tour was further augmented by alto sax player Carlos Ward. With seven gifted improvisers on stage, a paradigm-shifting composition to riff on, and a fiery wind of spiritual and musical inspiration at their back, the musical results are otherworldly. A Love Supreme in this form on this night is nearly twice as long as the version that Coltrane and his core quartet recorded in the studio in late 1964, incorporating fresh interludes, expansive solos, and, somewhat notably, quite a bit more breathing room for the players. (About midway through “Pursuance,” one can almost feel the band leaning back to give Tyner time to shine on his piano while they recover their faculties and give the crowd a second to realign their perspectives.) While still dizzyingly intense and occasionally overwhelming, the expanded palette Coltrane and the band are working with here gives the piece more life and warmth than in its studio version, but also quite a bit more focus than the other, more abrasive material he was playing at the time. The recording itself belies little of its casual origins, and the sound quality is remarkably high, with plenty of dynamics and room tone, putting the listener right in the eye of the storm. It’s an absolutely challenging and rewarding journey that Coltrane took the audience on this evening, and it’s a real gift that we get to experience it more than half a century later. – Jason Ferguson

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John Coltrane – Say When – Complete Recordings (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Coltrane – Say When – Complete Recordings (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 43:51 minutes | 531 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

John William Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes and was at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions and appeared on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk. Over the course of his career, Coltrane’s music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension, as exemplified on his most acclaimed albums A Love Supreme (1965) and Ascension (1966). He remains one of the most influential saxophonists in music history. He received numerous posthumous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and was canonized by the African Orthodox Church. His second wife was pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane. The couple had three children: John Jr. (1964-1982), a bassist; Ravi (born 1965), a saxophonist; and Oran (born 1967), also a saxophonist.

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John Coltrane – ¡OLE! Coltrane (Original Mono Version Remastered) (1961/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Coltrane – OLE Coltrane (Original Mono Version Remastered) (1961/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 36:44 minutes | 568 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Ol’e Coltrane is the ninth album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1373. The album was recorded at A&R Studios in New York, and was the last of Coltrane’s Atlantic albums to be made under his own supervision.

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John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues (1962/2000/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues (1962/2000/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:02 minutes | 1,53 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Coltrane Plays the Blues is an album of music by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in July 1962 on Atlantic Records. It was recorded at Atlantic Studios during the sessions for My Favorite Things, assembled after Coltrane had stopped recording for the label and was under contract to Impulse Records. Like Prestige Records before them, as Coltrane’s fame grew during the 1960s, Atlantic used unissued recordings and released them without either Coltrane’s input or approval.

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John Coltrane – The Very Best of John Coltrane (2000) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Coltrane – The Very Best of John Coltrane (2000)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:16 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

With his inexhaustible technique, trademark sound, and limitless imagination, tenor and soprano saxophonist John Coltrane was one of jazz’s most dominant musicians. This collection covers his important Atlantic Records sessions recorded from 1959 to 1960 (chronicled in their entirety on Heavyweight Champion). The tunes signal an important transitional phase from Trane’s stints with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk to his emergence as a leader in his own right. “Giant Steps” “Naima,” and “Cousin Mary”–featuring pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Art Taylor–crystallized Trane’s supersonic “sheets of sound” style. “Like Sonny,” an Afro-Latin dedication to his friend and contemporary Sonny Rollins with Wynton Kelly on piano, reveals Trane’s stylistic debts to Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins. His historic renditions of “My Shining Hour,” “Body and Soul,” “Summertime,” and “My Favorite Things” highlight Coltrane’s ability to remake a song into his own image, as well as introduce his influential sound on the soprano sax. These landmark recordings show the development of Coltrane’s “great” quartet as well as forecast his iconoclastic excursions into the outer limits of rhythm and tonality, which grew during until his death in 1967.

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John Coltrane – Stardust (1963/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Coltrane – Stardust (1963/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:20 minutes | 1,41 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Prestige

John Coltrane’s ballad mastery was the last of his skills to receive wide appreciation. The notion that Coltrane the balladeer could be as commanding as Coltrane the uptempo wizard or Coltrane the blues player finally gained acceptance in 1963, when this album appeared and quickly became an important exhibit in the reconsideration. Stardust consists of recordings made in 1958, showcasing Coltrane’s impressive bandmates: Wilbur Harden and a very young Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and drummers Jimmy Cobb and Art Taylor.

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John Coltrane – Ole Coltrane (1961/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Coltrane – Olé Coltrane (1961/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:49 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Olé Coltrane is the ninth album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1373. The album was recorded at A&R Studios in New York, and was the last of Coltrane’s Atlantic albums to be made under his own supervision.

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John Coltrane – Lush Life (1961/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

John Coltrane – Lush Life (1961/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:53 minutes | 850 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Prestige

Lush Life is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7188. It is assembled from unissued results of three separate recording sessions at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1957 and 1958. As Coltrane’s fame grew during the 1960s long after he had stopped recording for the label, Prestige used unissued recordings to create new marketable albums without Coltrane’s input or approval.

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