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John Coltrane Quartet – Ballads (1962) {Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010}

27-01-2015, 15:51
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John Coltrane Quartet – Ballads (1962) {Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010}

Artist: John Coltrane Quartet
Title Of Album: Ballads
Year Of Release: 1962/2010
Label: Universal (Japan)
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop
Format: Super Audio CD
Quality: DSD 2.0, Image (ISO)
Bitrate: 2.8224 MHz
Time: 32:16 min
Size: 1,5 Gb

Throughout John Coltrane’s discography there are a handful of decisive and controversial albums that split his listening camp into factions. Generally, these occur in his later-period works such as Om and Ascension, which push into some pretty heady blowing. As a contrast, Ballads is often criticized as too easy and as too much of a compromise between Coltrane and Impulse! (the two had just entered into the first year of label representation). Seen as an answer to critics who found his work complicated with too many notes and too thin a concept, Ballads has even been accused of being a record that Coltrane didn’t want to make. These conspiracy theories (and there are more) really just get in the way of enjoying a perfectly fine album of Coltrane doing what he always did — exploring new avenues and modes in an inexhaustible search for personal and artistic enlightenment. With Ballads he looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman (on John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman) and with Duke Ellington (on Duke Ellington and John Coltrane). Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He’s not aggressive, and he’s not outwardly. Instead he’s introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads’ draw.

John Coltrane Quartet – Ballads (1962) {Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010}
01.Say It (Over And Over Again) 04:18
02.You Don’t Know What Love Is 05:15
03.Too Young To Go Steady 04:23
04.All Or Nothing At All 03:37
05.I Wish I Knew 04:54
06.What’s New 03:46
07.It’s Easy To Remember 02:48
08.Nancy (With The Laughing Face) 03:14

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