by John ColtraneJohn Coltrane




Every five years since 1986, the corporate custodians of Impulse! have served up batches of Coltrane reissues and unreleased tapes to commemorate a birthday ending in "0" or "5." In the year 2001, which would have been Coltrane's 75th birthday, current label owner Vivendi Universal delivered four single CDs, three of which serve tourists who want to get on the 'Trane for the first time. Standards is probably the least eventful of the lot, offering no unreleased material or particularly enticing packaging. But you won't get shortchanged by the music, which takes us from the first galvanic Impulse! album Africa/Brass ("Greensleeves") through the run of projects by Coltrane's classic quartet of the first half of the '60s (McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones). The tour makes stops at the Village Vanguard for a driving "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," at Birdland for "I Want to Talk About You," a studio date with the dark-honeyed baritone of Johnny Hartman caressing "Lush Life" and "Autumn Serenade." You won't find any examples of the wilder, atonal Coltrane beyond 1965 -- which is just as well since there aren't too many standards to choose from. As a program of Coltrane music, this one plays pretty well, mixing up the tempos and meters astutely. Yet you wonder how representative an album labeled "standards" can be that doesn't include the most famous Coltrane-covered standard of all, "My Favorite Things," among other things.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2001
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0731454991421
catalogNumber: 549914


  1. All or Nothing at All
  2. Greensleeves
  3. Lush Life
  4. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
  5. I Want to Talk About You
  6. The Inch Worm
  7. Autumn Serenade
  8. Feeling Good
  9. What's New?
  10. Out of This World

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Art Davis   Bass
Eric Dolphy   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Elvin Jones   Drums
Booker Little   Trumpet
Julian Priester   Euphonium
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Billy Barber   Tuba
James Buffington   French Horn
Garvin Bushell   Reeds,Piccolo
Donald Corrado   French Horn
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee   Euphonium
Johnny Hartman   Vocals
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Robert Northern   French Horn
Reggie Workman   Bass
Robert Swisshelm   French Horn

Technical Credits

John Coltrane   Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer

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