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The John Coltrane Quartet - Ballads DMM Limited Edition 180g Import LP - direct audio

The John Coltrane Quartet - Ballads DMM Limited Edition 180g Import Vinyl LP

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The John Coltrane Quartet Ballads DMM 180g Import Vinyl LP

Merely mention the name John Coltrane and you’re likely to evoke a deeply emotional, often spiritual response from even the most casual jazz fan. 

Coltrane played tenor saxophone with the Eddie "CleanHead" Vinson Band, and is quoted as saying, "A wider area of listening opened up for me. There were many things that people like Hawk, and Ben and Tab Smith were doing in the ‘40’s that I didn’t understand, but that I felt emotionally." Prior to joining the Dizzy Gillespie band, Coltrane performed with Jimmy Heath where his passion for experimentation began to take shape. However, it was his work with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1958 that would lead to his own musical evolution. "Miles music gave me plenty of freedom," he once said. During that period, he became known for using the three-on-one chord approach, and what has been called the ‘sheets of sound,’ a method of playing multiple notes at one time.

By 1960 Coltrane had formed his own quartet which included pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Eventually adding players like Eric Dolphy, and Pharoah Sanders. The John Coltrane Quartet created some of the most innovative and expressive music in Jazz history. Coltrane felt we must all make a conscious effort to effect positive change in the world, and that his music was an instrument to create positive thought patterns in the minds of people.

"...[A] perfectly fine album of Coltrane doing what he always did -- exploring new avenues and modes in an inexhaustible search for personal and artistic enlightenment. With Ballads he looks into the warmer side of things... Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He's not aggressive, and he's not outwardly. Instead he's introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads' draw." - Sam Samuelson,

"...[C]alled simply, Ballads,... it's got some of the most sensitive, heartfelt music that any lover ever sang on a horn... Coltrane had recently been in the studio with Duke Ellington, and that may have affected his approach... McCoy Tyner's accompaniment is more composed than it usually is, and in spots, it's positively Ellingtonian. And Elvin Jones' drums are way more restrained than we expect from him. And the cuts are shorter than you will find on any other [Coltrane album]." - A.B. Spellman, NPR

Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, November 13, 1962; September 18, 1962; December 21, 1961.


John Coltrane, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
McCoy Tyner, piano
Jimmy Garrison, bass
Elvin Jones, drums

The John Coltrane Quartet Ballads DMM Track Listing:

Side A:

1. Say It (Over and Over Again)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Too Young to Go Steady
4. All or Nothing at All

Side B:

1. I Wish I Knew
2. What's New?
3. It's Easy To Remember
4. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
5. Greensleeves (Bonus Track from the same sessions, not on the original LP configuration)

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