John Coltrane Blue World album coverJohn Coltrane – who died aged 40 in 1967 – remains one of the most influential saxophonists in music history.

Honing his craft in the 1950s as a sideman with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, he began a solo career that soon attracted a massive following.

In 1964 Coltrane was approached by a Canadian filmmaker to record a soundtrack for his upcoming film. Coltrane agreed, and with his classic quartet – drummer Elvin Jones, bassist Jimmy Garrison and pianist McCoy Tyner – he did something unprecedented in revisiting and recording eight earlier works. For the first time, these recordings have been released. They reveal mind-blowing performances by the ‘classic quartet’ at the peak of their powers.

If you only buy one jazz album this year, buy this one.

Blue World by John Coltrane is out now via Universal.

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