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John Coltrane: The Ultimate Blue Train

Read "The Ultimate Blue Train" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

My soft spot in jazz has always been the blues, and artists who frequently employed blues tonalities--Oliver Nelson, Yusef Lateef, Mingus, Monk.

John Coltrane’s name doesn’t often come up in discussions of the blues. Other aspects of Coltrane’s music--like the sense of energy in his playing, of intuition and unquenchable fire--are discussed, but rarely the way ...