I know I am in the middle of a series of posts on Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, but today is Valentine’s Day. So much music has been written, played and inspired by the emotions of love and love lost, I couldn’t let February 14th go by without some acknowledgment.
One of the best albums to play late in the evening, with the lights down low, is “Ballads” from the John Coltrane Quartet. This classic record was released in 1963, and features John Coltrane on tenor sax, Elvin Jones on drums, McCoy Tyner on piano and Jimmy Garrison on bass. (Reggie Workman plays bass on “It’s Easy to Remember”)
The story goes that the group had never actually played these tunes together before, although this quartet worked together over 250 nights a year and could read each other’s musical mind. It almost reaches the level of telepathy when master musicians…
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