Bags & Trane (+ Bonus Tracks)
John Coltrane (ts), Milt Jackson (vib), Hank Jones (p), Paul Chambers (b), Connie Kay (d)
The CD release presents the complete original classic 1959 album "Bags & Trane". This was Coltrane's only collaboration as co-leader with Milt Jackson (their few others recordings together were made while both were part of the Dizzy Gillespie band in 1951).
As a bonus to this album, which puts a strong accent on the blues, it is added two outstanding blues by Coltrane recorded in a piano-less trio with Earl May and Art Taylor (these were the only blues he ever taped in the studio in this format).
01. Bags & Trane 7:27
02. Three Little Words 7:31
03. The Night We Called It A Day 4:23
04. Be-Bop 8:01
05. The Late Late Blues 9:36
06. Stairway To The Stars 3:32
07. Blues Legacy 9:05
08. Centerpiece 7:09
09. Tranes Slow Blues 6:02*
10. Slowtrane 7:18*
Total time: 70:00 min.
Tracks #1-8, from the album
"Bags & Trane" (Atlantic SD1368)
(*) Bonus tracks not on the original album
Personnel on "Bags & Trane":
John Coltrane (tenor sax), Milt Jackson (vibes), Hank Jones (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Connie Kay (drums).
Recorded in New York, on January 15, 1959
Personnel on tracks #9 & 10:
John Coltrane (tenor sax), Earl May (bass), and Art Taylor (drums).
Hackensack, New Jersey, on August 16, 1957
Atlantic session supervised by Nesuhi Ertegun
Recording engineer: Tom Dowd
Cover photography: Lee Friedlander
"Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane make for a surprisingly complementary team on this 1959 studio session, their only joint recording. With fine backup by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Connie Kay, Bags and Trane stretch out on two of Jackson's originals (including "The Late Late Blues") and three standards: a romping "Three Little Words," "The Night We Called It a Day," and the rapid "Be-Bop."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide