John Coltrane: Coltrane (1957) 12"
"Coltrane” is how everyone refers to John Coltrane, there’s no need to mention his first name. It’s unnecessary when you are a living legend in the Jazz world and your last name is not as common as others. This was the case for John Coltrane throughout his career but not until this recording, was he ever mentioned as just “Coltrane.” He was not exactly a well established Jazz musician but Jazz lovers recognized him and knew his potential. This 1957 album was his breakthrough album, his very first as a leader. It was appropriately named “Coltrane” and as they say, “The rest is history.” The album cover picture used was absolutely perfect, there’s no better look of confidence along with total preparedness, than this. No question about it, you knew it was going to be a totally new experience before you played it on your phonograph. When I first heard this album decades after, I was amazed. Not because it was the first I heard of Coltrane but by imagining the impact it would have had on a young teenager in 1957, wow! Jazz is always amazing me and on a everyday basis but at the same time, saddens me because of its unpopularity now. Just another reason why I chose to broadcast it on a 24/7 basis. It must be kept alive and I am confident that it will triumph again, its inevitable! ENJOY!Tags: jazz reissues