The Gentle Side of John Coltrane

Performers John Coltrane

Impulse! | November 15, 1991 | Compact Disc

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The John Coltrane Quartet: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); McCoy Tyner (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (drums). Additional personnel: Johnny Hartman (vocals); Duke Ellington (piano); Aaron Bell (bass); Sam Woodyard, Roy Haynes (drums). According to the album's liner notes, THE GENTLE SIDE OF JOHN COLTRANE was assembled "to display the more lyrical and gentle side of the man's art," and it does just that. A collection of mostly mellow tracks recorded between 1961 and 1964, this record is a perfect choice for those who have never been able to "get" Coltrane's later, more experimental work, or newbies who are not quite ready for the cerebral qualities of straight hard bop. In addition to a selection of excellent recordings featuring the classic Coltrane lineup of Mcoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, there are also two tracks from Coltrane's historic 1962 album with Duke Ellington. These performances remind the listener that Ellington, while best remembered as a composer, was a gifted pianist who always cut right to the emotional heart of the music. Also included are songs from Coltrane's collaboration with vocalist Johnny Hartman and several lovely tunes in the "tone poem" vein, including the gorgeous and sad "After the Rain." Wrapping things up is "I Want to Talk About You," a good live example of the famous Coltrane "sheets of sound"--just in case anyone was getting too relaxed.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 15, 1991

Genre: Saxophone

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1975

Label Name: Impulse!

UPC: 011105010726

Found in: Saxophone

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The Gentle Side of John Coltrane

Performers John Coltrane
Guest Artist(s) Duke Ellington, Johnny Hartman
Producer Bob Thiele, John Coltrane

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 15, 1991

Genre: Saxophone

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1975

Label Name: Impulse!

UPC: 011105010726


Title Track Time
1.Soul Eyes --
2.What's New --
3.Welcome --
4.Nancy (With The Laughing Face) --
5.My Little Brown Book (with Duke Ellington) --
6.Wise One --
7.Lush Life (with Johnny Hartman) --
8.Alabama --
9.After The Rain --
10.My One And Only Love (with Johnny Hartman) --
11.After The Rain --
12.In A Sentimental Mood (with Duke Ellington) --
13.Dear Lord --
14.I Want To Talk About You --

Editorial Notes

The John Coltrane Quartet: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); McCoy Tyner (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (drums). Additional personnel: Johnny Hartman (vocals); Duke Ellington (piano); Aaron Bell (bass); Sam Woodyard, Roy Haynes (drums). According to the album's liner notes, THE GENTLE SIDE OF JOHN COLTRANE was assembled "to display the more lyrical and gentle side of the man's art," and it does just that. A collection of mostly mellow tracks recorded between 1961 and 1964, this record is a perfect choice for those who have never been able to "get" Coltrane's later, more experimental work, or newbies who are not quite ready for the cerebral qualities of straight hard bop. In addition to a selection of excellent recordings featuring the classic Coltrane lineup of Mcoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, there are also two tracks from Coltrane's historic 1962 album with Duke Ellington. These performances remind the listener that Ellington, while best remembered as a composer, was a gifted pianist who always cut right to the emotional heart of the music. Also included are songs from Coltrane's collaboration with vocalist Johnny Hartman and several lovely tunes in the "tone poem" vein, including the gorgeous and sad "After the Rain." Wrapping things up is "I Want to Talk About You," a good live example of the famous Coltrane "sheets of sound"--just in case anyone was getting too relaxed.
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