An early John Coltrane album made in 1958. Trane had wandered away from Miles Davis to stay with the Thelonious Monk quartet for six months when he released this album. Trane recruited pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor and set off focusing on some classic Jazz standards.

Track Listing:
1. Good Bait
2. I Want To Talk About You
3. You Say You Care
4. Theme For Ernie
5. Russian Lullaby

If you're a Jazz newbie who wants to start figuring out this whole Coltrane thing than this album is a good start.

Soultrane is a ballad written by Tadd Dameron. It appears on Mating Call, an album with both Dameron and Coltrane. Although the quartet did not perform Soultrane for this album, Prestige, who released this album, thought it a good name for it.

Coltrane's playing is superb here, as usual, but to me, what is really astounding is Red Garland's solos. On the first track, Good Bait, Garland begins his solo by picking up where Coltrane left off. He plays Coltrane's last lick on the piano, and then continues to develop themes started by Coltrane. It's incedible.

The first two tunes are over well over 10 minutes long, but unlike many long performances, they do not tire the ear or grow boring, even after multiple listenings. All four musicians show off their skill at interesting, well built solos.

You Say You Care had not been done before in a jazz context, but sounds as if it was written especially for this quartet. And Russian Lullaby is played at a speed that I have few reach, and those that do hardly ever have the drive that this quartet achieve. I'm still not sure how they do it.

This album is how jazz is supposed to be played.


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