John Coltrane – Coltrane (First Trane) (1957/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:32 minutes | 246 MB | Genre: Jazz
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As a result of his exposure as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, Prestige Records owner and producer Bob Weinstock offered Coltrane a recording contract. Dated April 9, 1957, it stipulated three albums per year at $300 per album. Coltrane had previously recorded as a sideman, and had co-led a session with Paul Quinichette released in 1959 as Cattin’ with Coltrane and Quinichette, but never as sole bandleader.
Coltrane had actually just been fired by Davis in April 1957 for drug abuse, but retreated home to Philadelphia to clean himself out. He returned to New York City for mid-May sessions with Prestige, this one taking place the day after Memorial Day. By the summer, Coltrane would be recording with Thelonious Monk and playing as a member of his quartet for the rest of the year.
Coltrane chose a tune by his friend Calvin Massey, in addition to three standards including the relatively obscure “Time Was”. The titles to the Coltrane originals, “Chronic Blues” and “Straight Street”, indicate his struggles with substance abuse and his new-found resolve after conquering his habits. Sidemen included Paul Chambers and Red Garland from the Davis band, and Philadelphia colleagues Johnnie Splawn and Albert Heath.
1 Bakai (Remastered)
2 Violets For Your Furs (Remastered)
3 Time Was (Remastered)
4 Straight Street (Remastered)
5 While My Lady Sleeps (Remastered)
6 Chronic Blues (Remastered)