John Coltrane's classic – and only – recording as a leader for Blue Note
! The album's no throwaway date, though – as it stands strongly with both Coltrane's other label work of the time, and with the best of the late 50s Blue Note
scene – a time when the label was really cooking at full strength! The groove here is a bit harder, heavier, and hardbop-inflected than some of Trane's late 50s sides with Red Garland – thanks to a lineup that features Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. There's a crisp modern edge to the record that really holds up beautifully – even after years of play – and titles include "Blue
Train, "Locomotion", "Moment's Notice", and "Lazy Bird". This beautiful 2LP version features heavy cover and vinyl – and a full bonus album of material that includes "Lazy Bird (alt take 1)", "Lazy Bird (alt take 2)", "Blue
Train (false start)", "Blue
Train (alt take 7)", "Moment's Notice (alt take 4)", "Blue
Train (alt take 8)", and "Moment's Notice (incomplete alt take 5a)".
(Part of the excellent Blue Note Tone Poet series – heavy cover and vinyl!)