4 STARS DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE
INCLUDES 1 BONUS TRACK
JOHN COLTRANE, tenor saxophone
RED GARLAND, piano
PAUL CHAMBERS, bass
ART TAYLOR, drums
Hackensack, New Jersey, August 23, 1957.
John Coltrane (ts), Tadd Dameron (p),
John Simmons (b), Philly Joe Jones (d).
New York, November 30, 1956.
1 TRANEING IN (John Coltrane) 12:30
2 SLOW DANCE (Alonzo Levister) 5:24
1 BASS BLUES (John Coltrane) 7:42
2 YOU LEAVE ME BREATHLESS (Hollander-Freed) 7:20
3 SOFT LIGHTS AND SWEET MUSIC (Irving Berlin) 4:38
4 MATING CALL (Tadd Dameron) 5:33*
Down Beat original review
“You’ll want to add your gasp for breath to those following the last track, a rocketing upper-than-up wailer with Taylor and Chambers driving Garland and Trane to incredible heights. But all is not up on this well-balanced set. There’s a moody ‘Breathless’, which Coltrane explores soberly but without giving up any of the blunt, hard tone which is characteristically his. Coltrane is again the most individual young tenor I’ve heard in recent years. About the only thing you can expect in his playing is the unexpected. A fine LP, with some highs and middles but no lows. (Dom Cerulli)