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This is jazz the way it ought to be: haunting, both sad and joyful; Coltrane was the e e commings of the sax!
This is one I just can't understand how anyone could give less than a 5*****. An approachable album for everyone. A brilliant definition of what Jazz can be. Sublime is overused, but not in this case.
Any doubt about the love in your heart for someone? Listen to "Like Someone in Love" and maybe that question is easy to answer... Great music.
I've heard some people say that this is not Coltrane at his best, but I think when you come across an artist as consistently great as Coltrane - every bit of material he blows out of that saxophone is something to be cherished - as is this album. Perhaps sparser than some are used to (there's no piano) but your focus should be on that sax anyways and it certainly shines here.
I like the chance to hear Coltrane in a piano-less trio here (tracks 1-3). Sometimes less is more, as they say. Similarly, I've enjoyed Sonny Rollins in this kind of setting (e.g. Freedom Suite; Way Out West). If you dig Lush Life be sure not to miss Soultrane as well (on emusic) for more slow burning Coltrane balladry.
This may not be the best John Coltrane album. But there is just something about this music that I love. Just an odd little jem...
Two words best to describe John Coltrane's 1958 "Lush Life", casual elegance. This newly remastered release on the Prestige label is perfect for an autumn night and a well-mixed cocktail. Coltrane's playing is contemplative and restrained, while still harboring the questing spirituality he would soon begin exploring in subsequent recordings. The absence of a piano player on the first three tracks clears the way for Trane's emotive runs. Tone, pure and bluesy, is the focus on "Lush Life". The last two tracks feature the addition of Red Garland on piano and Donald Byrd on trumpet. At close to 15 minutes the title track hints at some of the more adventurous playing Coltrane would be known for. But this record finds him contented, in all his nuanced glory.
Lush Life is a sexy song on its own, but pair it with a winding Coltrane solo and it's mind-blowingly hot.
As a 'trane junkie all I can say is I'm stunned that this album ranked so high in the emusic poll. This is a pretty tepid effort by his standards. One of the reasons it's so plodding is that the pianist failed to show for one of the sessions used and Prestige was to cheap to re-schedule. If you want to hear some exciting early Coltrane download Soultrane instead. http://www.emusic.com/album/Soultrane-Soultrane-MP3-Download/10589087.html
I love this album to bits in fact, I am going to get myself a vinyl version and wear the grooves right down! I can listen to this album at any time of the day any day of the week and not be disappointed. it just gets right inside of my head!