The title may say "standard", but with Coltrane
at the helm, the record is anything but! Sure, the tunes are all familiar ones, but the presentation here is a far cry from mainstream piano jazz of the 50s – as John
's working in a group with the Red Garland trio for rhythm, as well as trumpeter Wilbur Harden
, the slightly off-kilter player who made some great Savoy records with Coltrane
. Tracks are all quite long, and really open up with a fair bit of invention – and even when Coltrane
's straight ahead, he's still compellingly creative. Tracks include "Don't Take Your Love From Me", "I'll Get By", "Spring Is Here", and "Invitation".
(Yellow label NJ pressing. Cover has some edge wear and a bit of splitting.)