Ballads (studio album) by John Coltrane Quartet

Ballads by John Coltrane Quartet
Year: 1963
Overall rank: 3,613th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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John Coltrane Quartet - Ballads Impulse! - Mono A-32 - Ultrasonic Cleaned
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Ballads is ranked 2nd best out of 6 albums by John Coltrane Quartet on

The best album by John Coltrane Quartet is Africa/Brass which is ranked number 2653 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 583.

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From 11/19/2021 19:29
For your blue and hazy nights while lights go out.
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From 06/17/2019 14:54
When Coltrane signed for Impulse! in 1961, he already had the reputation of being one of the most ardent tenor saxophonists of jazz. But "Ballads" still does not announce Trane's most controversial albums. For those who love Coltrane, this record is indispensable because it reflects a facet of the artist that we forget. There was a Coltrane who had a tender and peaceful approach. Coltrane, is a great and incomparable interpreter of ballads. On the other hand, if you expect something close to "Kind Of Blue", you're wrong. I can play the album, listen to it, enjoy it, leave my headphone, come back 5 minutes later and automatically immerse myself in a warm and calm atmosphere. The album is simple and relaxing, it allows to travel, to dream...


Best track: "Say It (Over And Over Again)"
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From 08/11/2018 21:39
A lot more passive compared to his work 60-61 and 65-67 yet still a beautiful collection of covers, very relaxing and immersive. I'm generally not to keen on this period of Coltrane's career (62-64) but this album is definitely a highlight.
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From 04/22/2018 12:12
Very elegant and relaxing. I like the shorter song format and it really shows Coltrane's ability to change style as this was released around the same time as Giant Steps and Africa/Brass which have a far more modal and experimental sound.
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From 06/05/2012 16:39
A record made later in Coltrane's career as an attempt to be more commercial, because his more experimental material wasn't selling as well as he'd liked. Nonetheless, a sincere effort, and beautiful throughout, with Coltrane's great Quartet in top form. My favorite of his, but I generally prefer his more melodic stuff. Only knock: the songs do have a sameness about them; it can seem like one long ballad. (If you love Coltrane, that's not necessarily a bad thing.) Highlights: "Too Young to Go Steady," "Say It (Over and Over Again)" and "You Don't Know What Love Is."
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From 05/19/2011 00:04
lovely album
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