Album of the Day
Often when a label dusts off an artist's unused recordings after they've left for another company, it's something to avoid - but when the artist is John Coltrane, all bets are off. COLTRANE'S SOUND was released in 1964, some four years after the sessions that yielded MY FAVORITE THINGS, PLAYS THE BLUES and these six tracks - and the Atlantic set shows the legendary saxophonist at the peak of his powers. Pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Steve Davis and drummer Elvin Jones round out the quartet heard here, and on both originals (“Equinox,” “Central Park West”) and covers (“Body and Soul,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes”) the playing is sublime. Don't let the trippy cover scare you off; COLTRANE'S SOUND is among the artist's most underrated, and we'll give it a spin now on what would have been his 95th birthday.