John Coltrane ‎– Art Blakey's Big Band And Quintet

Doxy ‎– DOX805
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram


A1 Midriff
A2 Ain’t Life Grand
A3 Tippin
A4 Pristine
A5 El Toro Valiente
B1 The Kiss Of No Return
B2 Late Date
B3 The Outer World
B4 Oasis

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Recorded in NYC in 1957 and originally released on the small Bethlehem Records, this LP contains 2 amazing sessions: Session B (tracks A1, A2 – B1, B2, B3, B4 and B5, “Oasis,” previously unreleased on LP) features a 15-piece big band led by Art Blakey who was in transition with his Jazz Messengers at the time. The band he put together for this session explores some wilder numbers, like Melba Liston’s “Late Date”, which would not have been out of place with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra (the horn players are all Gillespie graduates), along with some more conservative material, such as Jerry Valentine’s “Midriff” (which is a nod to Count Basie’s post-war orchestra), giving us an interesting look at how Coltrane handles himself playing in this unusual environment. Session C (A3, A4) is also a rare glimpse at a young John Coltrane, this time playing his own music in a quintet format (led by Art Blakey and also featuring Donald Byrd, Walter Bishop, Jr., and Wendell Marshall). Coltrane’s highly-praised “Pristine” would not have been out of place on his landmark "Blue Train" album.

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  • Barcode: 8013252888052