On September 15, 1957, John Coltrane went into Rudy Van Gelder’s living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey and recorded his first great masterpiece: Blue Train.
It would be the legendary saxophonist’s sole album as a leader for Blue Note, a locomotive 5-track album fueled by the bluesy title track that featured a dynamic 6-piece band with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The 2-CD set of Blue Train: The Complete Masters
includes a 2nd disc of alternate and incomplete takes, 4 of which have never been released before. It comes with a booklet featuring session photos by Francis Wolff and an essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn.