Two classic, two experimental...
A Love Supreme
Thoughts, criticism, alternatives please.
enjoyed A Love Supreme, but it is mega acclaimed. Blue Train is awesome. Not familiar with the other two.
Lush Life is a pretty great example of his earlier, mellow stuff.
It's very beautiful and technical and I'd recommend it.
It's got everything on it. Get that one instead of Sun Ship. Cheers.
Bar the title track, Blue Train isn't as great as it's reputation suggests. I'd go for either Ballads or Giant Steps.
For late-period Coltrane, the live records are often better than the studio. Live in Antibes (from 1965) has a good cross-section of material, as well as a quartet version of Ascension (Blue Valse).
Sun Ship is decent, but if you're only getting 4 Coltrane albums, it's far from essential. Interstellar Regions (a duo with Rashied Ali) is far better if you're after the really free stuff.
A Love Supreme is a good call.
So my pick of 4 would be:
Giant Steps (or Ballads)
A Love Supreme
Live at Antibes 1965
I will check out that live album. I tend to be naturally prejudiced against live albums in any genre (unwarranted I'm sure.)
improvisational qualities etc
generally shy away from live albums. Jazz is def a different story though and often the live versions are better.
Not really a suggestion, I just wanted to join in.
As is Coltrane with the Quartet (1962)
live at birdland
the man was a BEAST...as was tyner, mccoy, garrison...
and of course, ascension
i like jazz, i have a reasonable grasp on music theory and stuff; no idea what's going on most of the time.
oh so you're in ionian mode, that don't impress amee much. actually it does.
see i really don't know what's happening
regardless aye, I have no idea what's going on either
Interstellar Space and The Olatunji Concert. Both really intense but actually very satisfying. The latter is his second to last ever show I think.
Apart from the title track I don't think Blue Train is really regarded as a classic by Coltrane afficionados, it just happens to be on Blue Note with a cool name and famous cover. Get My Favourite Things and Giant Steps.
sonics on columbias jazz records aint that great either.
And Live at the Village Vanguard. You can't just get 4 Coltrane albums.
I have most of what he put out on Atlantic and Impulse. That's a shedload of albums. Staggering to think it all came out over 8 years, with so much progression over such a short time.
The Best of John Coltrane
...is that you're only buying 4 records!
I'd say Giant Steps, A Love Supreme, Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, and something "out there", your choice.
four is enough to get into properly for now considering I don't have infinite amounts of money or time!
my favourite things, giant steps, love supreme, interstellar space .....
but also definitely get the albums he did with Johnny Hartman and Thelonious Monk.
John Coltrane and Duke Ellington
My Favourite Things
The John Coltrane Quartet Plays
Would my favourites, in that order and theynall pretty much essential in my view. They probably all sit somewhere around the middle in the continuum of his work from relatively accessible to really hard going (although the album with Ellington is fairly reined in).
If you want a really accessible one go for Ballads, if you want a challenging one go for Acsension or Sun Ship or Meditations.
Basically there is loads of it, and almost all of it is worthwhile.
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