Blue Train

Overjazz Records
Release date
21 Mar 2014
Running length
30 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Theme 5:51 1,981
2 Walkin' 7:19 2,044
3 Locomotion 7:13 101,336
4 On Green Dolphin Street 8:57 4,477
5 I'll Wait and Pray 3:34 7,155
6 Naima 4:23 194,030
7 Spiritual 12:00 24,442
8 Blue Train 10:34 192,053
9 Some Other Blues 5:34 6,545
10 Africa 16:30 7,327
11 Lazy Bird 7:05 77,812
12 Afro Blue 10:52 34,611
13 The Damned Don't Cry 7:35 4,084
14 Time Was 7:27 9,038
15 Greensleeves 10:01 37,885
16 Harmonique 4:14 7,312
17 Violets for Your Furs 6:15 14,560
18 I'm Old Fashioned 7:58 108,261
19 Fifth House 4:40 7,519
20 Bakai 8:41 10,438
21 Lush Life 14:01 50,638
22 Song of the Underground Railroad 6:44 4,980
23 My Shining Hour 4:55 27,831
24 Chronic Blues 8:14 11,549
25 Trane's Slo Blues 6:03 16,136
26 Moment's Notice 9:12 100,980
27 Village Blues 5:25 8,911
28 While My Lady Sleeps 4:42 18,495
29 Little Old Lady 4:26 15,314
30 Straight Street 6:19 12,573

About this album

Although never formally signed, an oral agreement between John Coltrane and Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion was indeed honored on Blue Train — Coltrane’s only collection of sides as a principal artist for the venerable label. The disc is packed solid with sonic evidence of Coltrane’s innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry — touching upon all forms in between. The personnel on Blue Train is arguably as impressive as what they’re playing. Joining Coltrane (tenor sax) are Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The triple horn arrangements incorporate an additional sonic density that remains a trademark unique to both this band and album. Of particular note is Fuller’s even-toned trombone, which bops throughout the title track as well as the frenetic “Moments Notice.” Other solos include Paul Chambers’ subtly understated riffs on “Blue Train” as well as the high energy and impact from contributions by Lee Morgan and Kenny Drew during “Locomotion.” The track likewise features some brief but vital contributions from Philly Joe Jones — whose efforts throughout the record stand among his personal best. Of the five sides that comprise the original Blue Train, the Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer ballad “I’m Old Fashioned” is the only standard; in terms of unadulterated sentiment, this version is arguably untouchable.

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  • althefknamsrtkn

    Everything on this album works as a tune. Most of Giant Steps, on the other hand, is flimsy the second you disengage with the difficult chord changes and skill involved.

    7 Mar 3:04pm Reply
  • birdturd93

    We like this album because it is perfection. (2)

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    We like this album because it is perfection.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kmullin

    I never understood why so many like this album. Sure, the arrangements are not bad, but his Atlantic albums just a few years later are so much better -- both solo-wise and composition-wise. Even his tone is more interesting on Atlantic. I just don't get it. If folks like Blue Note style stuff so much, there are much better albums in that style by different artists.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • GB-1993

    Definitely my favorite Coltrane album. [3]

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • robbyb0t

    my favorite of Coltrane's non-experimental phase. brilliant, lively, and firey

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Ive owned this CD several years but am now enjoying it,i was just playing it before.

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    Definitely my favorite Coltrane album. [2]

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Esoteric67

    Definitely my favorite Coltrane album.

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Gregreen

    atta boy

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • favdhelm

    Lee Morgan at his best, obe might argue. Great, all of them .... Kenny Drew withb a nice mix of oldish swing and to-the-pointness, if that's a word.

    26 Apr 2011 Reply

    No folks, its "Moments Notice" that makes this CD go! Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Paul Chambers, & Philly Joe Jones. Trane should have stayed with the Blue Note family of great artists. would have loved to hear him play w/Jimmy Smith, or Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, and Donald Byrd. We will never know! H.B.1.

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Mushishi_GinKo


    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • boramikki

    a masterpiece !!

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • urholyarcticnes

    This tracklist is really wrong

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • ROI9416

    Great album! :D

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • miltonwhatever

    The definition of "cool". Beginning with the excellent cover art.

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Jackass_Bird

    I try listening to this, but always end up back on A Love Supreme.....

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • biomorfo


    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • LostInTheHaze

    Lazy Bird is 7 minutes of pure bliss.

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
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