|1. Blue Train|
|2. Moment's Notice|
|4. I'm Old Fashioned|
|5. Lazy Bird|
|6. Blue Train (Alternate Take)|
|7. Lazy Bird (Alternate Take)|
While I can't speak for the recent RVG Series re-issue, I can say that this version sounds considerably better than the 1996 re-issue, "The Ultimate Blue Train" - bass is richer, drums crisper and over-all live feel of the recording is unprecendented. If are considering buying the RVG remaster, why not spend a few dollars more and get this Hybrid SACD since it plays in both Super Audio and regulars CD players. It is worth the investment.
From the pre-Impulse years, this cd and "Giant Steps" are arguably Coltrane's best as a leader. The compositions on "Blue Train" are great and his solos fantastic. It's the begining of a new harmonic language Coltrane was exploring, culminating with "Giants Steps" and then disintegrating into the more modal Impulse years.
Buy "Blue Train" for the music and hope Blue Note gets the sound right next time around.
But this cd is amazing. Right now I am in my Coltrane period. And I find Jazz to be the most personal of music. The players seem more human, more vulnerable, and there is a connection to the music that I get out of no other, classical is nice, but a little more removed. This is music of nightclubs, of angst and wonder.
I have written before about the small moments of Jazz being heartstopping. And there are great moments, a song called Moments Notice for one, but much has been written for good reason about the inspired playing of Coltrane. He is a man on fire, a true combination of flame, passion and melody.
It is also said that Coltrane played way above his sidemen, but I think the other work here is amazing.
Like most instrumental music, it is visceral, subjective and alive.
You should give it a try.