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Blue Train

John Coltrane

Blue Train

...extraordinarily influential
UNI277 (Decca)
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1
Blue Train

Blue Train

Composer John Coltrane
Band John Coltrane
10:43 Play
2
Moment's Notice

Moment's Notice

Composer John Coltrane
Band John Coltrane
09:09 Play
3
Locomotion

Locomotion

Composer John Coltrane
Band John Coltrane
07:15 Play
4
I'm Old Fashioned

I'm Old Fashioned

Composer Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern
Band John Coltrane
07:58 Play
5
Lazy Bird

Lazy Bird

Composer John Coltrane
Band John Coltrane
07:06 Play
Total Running Time 42 minutes
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John Coltrane's first solo album, 1957's 'Blue Train' (Blue Note) is stunning not only because of the brilliant performances by Coltrane, trumpeter Lee Morgan, and trombonist Curtis Fuller, but because of the space it occupies in terms of Coltrane's development as an innovator, and of resulting advances in jazz.

This album is licensed for download from Decca. 

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Although soaked in the hard bop style that dominated the mid 1950s thanks to musicians such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and Hank Mobley, 'Blue Train' marks a departure from conventional bop harmonies. The songs 'Moment's Notice' and 'Lazy Bird' make use of chord changes known as 'Coltrane changes', which Coltrane further explored in later albums.

Coltrane changes involve the shifting of key centres by the interval of a major third. It is speculated that Coltrane was inspired to experiment with such a progression after working with Thelonious Monk's unusual approach to harmony, and also by Miles Davis' conception of modal jazz.

On 'Blue Train', Coltrane is on the verge of inhabiting his future musical persona, but is still firmly planted in hard bop. His combination of blues riffs, bebop lines, sheets of sound, and Coltrane changes crackles with volatile energy, as though each element were a reactive chemical.

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