John Coltrane - In The Winners Circle

Rare stuff from John Coltrane! The album features Trane playing tenor on only 4 of the album's 8 tracks – making it kind of surprising that they used his name in the title – but the album is a lesser-known batch of large group recordings that offer an interesting early chapter in his career! The main force behind the album is arranger Harry Tubbs – possibly not a name that's as sexy as John Coltrane, hence the billing – but a worthy leader for the date, given the quality of the music
Many of the other players here are small combo heroes who can also shine brightly in bigger groups – such as Donald Byrd and Art Farmer on trumpets, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Al Cohn on baritone sax, Eddie Costa on piano and vibes, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – plus Rolf Kuhn, making an early American appearance on clarinet. Coltrane gets in some nice, but short moments on the date – but the bigger charm is the full ensemble work – on titles that include "She Didn't Say Yes", "Turtle Walk", "At Home With The Blues", "Seabreeze", and "Love & The Weather".

"Pure Pleasure Records has done an outstanding job re-mastering this mono session to 180-gram vinyl. All of the instruments have clarity and rich tonality. There may be some confusion over the title, but John Coltrane – In The Winners Circle is large ensemble bop jazz at its finest." - John Sunier @ 

Personnel: Donald Byrd - Trumpet / Frank Rehak - Trombone(1/2,2/2) / Gene Quil - Alto Saxaphone / John Coltrane - Tenor Saxaphone / Al Cohn - Baritone Saxaphone / Eddie Costa - Piano(1/2,2/2 / Freddie Green - Guitar(1/2) / Oscar Petiford - Bass / Philly Joe Jones - Drums(1/2) / Ed Thingpen - Drums(1/4)

NYC, October, 1957 on Side 1 Tracks 1 & 3, Side 2 Tracks 1 & 3
NYC, September, 1957 on Side 1 Tracks 2 & 4, Side 2 Tracks 2 & 4


A1 Lazy Afternoon  
A2 Not So Sleepy  
A3 Seabreeze  
A4 Love And The Weather  
B1 She Didn`t Say Yes  
B2 If I`m Lucky  
B3 At Home With The Blues  
B4 Turtle Walk



SKU 5060149621844
Barcode # 5060149621844
Brand Jazz

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