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A FASCINATING TRIP TO THE BLUES ACCORDING TO JOHN COLTRANE!
JOHN COLTRANE, tenor sax & soprano sax (on A2 & B2 only)
McCOY TYNER, piano (out on A2, A3 & B4)
STEVE DAVIS, bass
ELVIN JONES, drums
New York, October 24, 1960.
1 BLUES TO ELVIN 7:52
2 BLUES TO BECHET 5:44
3 BLUES TO YOU 6:25
1 MR. DAY 7:56
2 MR. SYMS 5:19
3 MR. KNIGHT 7:30
4 BLUES TO YOU [alternate take] 5:32*
BONUS TRACK. From the same session but not included
on the original album.
All compositions by JOHN COLTRANE
except “Blues to Elvin” (Elvin Jones)
4 1/2 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE
“Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for My Favorite Things, Coltrane Plays the Blues, and Coltrane's Sound. My Favorite Things was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays the Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session. As for the phrase “plays the blues” in the title, that's not so much an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues (which they aren't). It's more indicative of a bluesy sensibility, whether he is playing muscular saxophone or, on “Blues to Bechet” and “Mr. Syms”, the more unusual-sounding (at the time) soprano sax. Elvin Jones, who hadn't been in Coltrane's band long, really busts out on the quicker numbers, such as “Blues to You” and “Mr. Day”.” (Richie Unterberger)