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During , in addition to his recordings for Columbia , Davis held two marathon sessions for Prestige to fulfill his obligation to the label, which released the material over a period of time under the titles Cookin' , Relaxin' , Workin' , and Steamin' Coltrane's association with Davis inaugurated a period when he began to frequently record as a sideman.

Davis may have been trying to end his association Prestige , but Coltrane began appearing on many of the label's sessions. After he became better known in the s, Prestige and other labels began to repackage this work under his name, as if he had been the leader, a process that has continued to the present day.

Coltrane tried and failed to kick heroin in the summer of , and in October, Davis fired him, though the trumpeter had relented and taken him back by the end of November.

Giant Steps

Early in , Coltrane formally signed with Prestige as a solo artist, though he remained in the Davis band and also continued to record as a sideman for other labels. In April, Davis fired him again. This may have given him the impetus finally to kick his drug habit, and freed of the necessity of playing gigs with Davis , he began to record even more frequently.

On May 31, , he finally made his recording debut as a leader, putting together a pickup band consisting of trumpeter Johnny Splawn, baritone saxophonist Sahib Shihab , pianists Mal Waldron and Red Garland on different tracks , bassist Paul Chambers , and drummer Al "Tootie" Heath. They cut an album Prestige titled simply Coltrane upon release in September It has since been reissued under the title First Trane.

During this period, he developed a technique of playing several notes at once, and his solos began to go on longer.

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It was later reissued under the title Traneing In. But Coltrane's second album to be recorded and released contemporaneously under his name alone was cut in September for Blue Note Records. That month, Coltrane rejoined Davis , playing in what was now a sextet that also featured Cannonball Adderley. In February and March, he recorded Davis ' album Milestones, released later in In between the sessions, he cut his third album to be released under his name alone, Soultrane, issued in September by Prestige.

Also in March , he cut tracks as a leader that would be released later on the Prestige collection Settin' the Pace In May, he again recorded for Prestige as a leader, though the results would not be heard until the release of Black Pearls in The performance inspired a review in Down Beat, the leading jazz magazine, that was an early indication of the differing opinions on Coltrane that would be expressed throughout the rest of his career and long after his death.


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The review referred to his "angry tenor," which, it said, hampered the solidarity of the Davis band. The review led directly to an article published in the magazine on October 16, , in which critic Ira Gitler defended the saxophonist and coined the much-repeated phrase "sheets of sound" to describe his playing. Coltrane's next Prestige session as a leader occurred later in July and resulted in tracks later released on the albums Standard Coltrane , Stardust , and Bahia All of these tracks were later compiled on a reissue called The Stardust Session.

He did a final session for Prestige in December , recording tracks later released on The Believer, Stardust, and Bahia. This completed his commitment to the label, and he signed to Atlantic Records , doing his first recording for his new employers on January 15, , with a session on which he was co-billed with vibes player Milt Jackson , though it did not appear until with the LP Bags and Trane. Released on August 17, , this landmark album known for its "modal" playing improvisations based on scales or "modes," rather than chords became one of the best-selling and most-acclaimed recordings in the history of jazz.

By the end of , Coltrane had recorded what would be his Atlantic Records debut, Giant Steps, released in early The album, consisting entirely of Coltrane compositions, in a sense marked his real debut as a leading jazz performer, even though the year-old musician had released three previous solo albums and made numerous other recordings. His next Atlantic album, Coltrane Jazz, was mostly recorded in November and December and released in February During this period, he increasingly played soprano saxophone as well as tenor.

Seeing Through “A Love Supreme” to Find John Coltrane

During the winter of , bassist Reggie Workman replaced Steve Davis in his band, and saxophone and flute player Eric Dolphy gradually became a member of the group. In the wake of the commercial success of "My Favorite Things," Coltrane's star rose, and he was signed away from Atlantic as the flagship artist of the newly formed Impulse!

The following month, he completed his Impulse! By this time, his playing was frequently in a style alternately dubbed "avant-garde," "free," or "The New Thing. Between April and June , Coltrane cut his next Impulse! Working with producer Bob Thiele , he began to do extensive studio sessions, far more than Impulse! But the material would serve the label well after the saxophonist's untimely death.

Thiele acknowledged that Coltrane's next three Impulse! Impressions , drawn from live and studio recordings made in and , was a more representative effort, as was 's Live at Birdland, also a combination of live and studio tracks, despite its title. But Crescent, also released in , seemed to find a middle ground between traditional and free playing, and was welcomed by critics.

This trend was continued with 's A Love Supreme, one of Coltrane's best-loved albums, which earned him two Grammy nominations, for Jazz Composition and Performance, and became his biggest-selling record. Also during the year, Impulse! The year saw the release of the albums Kulu Se Mama and Meditations, Coltrane's last recordings to appear during his lifetime, though he had finished and approved release for his next album, Expression, the Friday before his death in July He died suddenly of liver cancer, entering the hospital on a Sunday and expiring in the early morning hours of the next day.

He had left behind a considerable body of unreleased work that came out in subsequent years, including "Live" at the Village Vanguard Again! Coltrane Plays the Blues.

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John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman co-leader. Live at Birdland. The John Coltrane Quartet Plays. Selflessness: Featuring My Favorite Things. First Meditations for quartet. Cosmic Music with Alice Coltrane. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings. Live in Seattle. Live at the Village Vanguard Again! Live in Japan. Concert in Japan. Offering: Live at Temple University. Bye Bye Blackbird.

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The Paris Concert. Afro Blue Impressions.

What is Jazz? Leonard Bernstein instructional album [One track only]. Relaxin' with The Miles Davis Quintet. Workin' with The Miles Davis Quintet. Steamin' with The Miles Davis Quintet. Cookin' with The Miles Davis Quintet. Jazz Track [May 26, session only]. Legrand Jazz Michel Legrand album [4 tracks only] [17]. Jazz at the Plaza Vol.

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Someday My Prince Will Come [2 tracks only]. Thelonious Himself [April 16, session only]. Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane. Rock" [23]. Earl Bostic for You [26] [27]. Dance Time [28]. The Blues and Used to Be Duke [33] [34]. More of Johnny Hodges [36]. Informal Jazz reissued as Two Tenors. Taylor's Wailers March 22, session only [38]. Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors. Baritones and French Horns reissued as Dakar. Blues for Tomorrow. East Coast All-Stars. Dig It! March 22, and December 13, sessions only [39]. Art Blakey Big Band [40]. The Big Sound.

New York, N. A Tuba Jazz reissued as Like Sonny. Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago. Four for Trane as producer only. Ballads EP. The Best of John Coltrane. Dial Africa: The Savoy Sessions. Countdown: The Savoy Sessions.