John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues (Full ALbum)

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Coltrane Plays the Blues is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1962 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1382. It was recorded at Atlantic Studios during the sessions for My Favorite Things, assembled after Coltrane had stopped recording for the label and was under contract to Impulse Records. Like Prestige Records before them, as Coltrane’s fame grew during the 1960s, Atlantic used unissued recordings and released them without either Coltrane’s input or approval.

On September 19, 2000, Rhino Records reissued Coltrane Plays the Blues as part of its Atlantic 50th Anniversary Jazz Gallery series. Included were five bonus tracks, all of which had appeared in 1995 on The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Wikipedia).

Track listing:
Side one
1. “Blues to Elvin” Elvin Jones 7:53
2. “Blues to Bechet” John Coltrane 5:46
3. “Blues to You” John Coltrane 6:29
Side two
1. “Mr. Day” John Coltrane 7:56
2. “Mr. Syms” John Coltrane 5:22
3. “Mr. Knight” John Coltrane 7:31
2000 reissue bonus tracks
7. “Untitled Original (Exotica)” John Coltrane 5:22
8. “Blues to Elvin” (alternate take 1) Elvin Jones 11:00
9. “Blues to Elvin” (alternate take 3) Elvin Jones 5:59
10. “Blues to You” (alternate take 1) John Coltrane 5:35
11. “Blues to You” (alternate take 2) John Coltrane 5:36

John Coltrane — soprano saxophone on “Blues to Bechet” and “Mr. Syms”; tenor saxophone on all others
McCoy Tyner — piano
Steve Davis — bass
Elvin Jones — drums


Released: July 1962
Recorded: October 24, 1960
Atlantic Studios, New York City
Length: 40:57 original LP
Label: Atlantic
SD 1382
Producer: Nesuhi Ertegün