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Coltrane Plays the Blues

This is a great, classic Coltrane album. It’s not one of his more well-known albums, but the playing is superb, and it’s definitely worth a listen or ten.

John Coltrane recorded this album in 1960 during the sessions for his album “My Favorite Things,” and was released in 1962 on Atlantic Records without Trane’s consent, after he had moved on to the Impulse label.

The personnel includes McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. These sessions marked the beginning of Trane’s collaborations with McCoy and Elvin in a quartet format.


Camden Hughes
Camden Hughes
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at


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