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ARCHIVE   Classic Interview


DownBeat  /  September 29, 1960
By John Coltrane in collaboration with Don DeMicheal

Coltrane on Coltrane

I’VE BEEN listening to jazzmen, especially saxophonists, since the time of the early Count Basie records, which featured Lester Young. Pres was my first real influence, but the first horn I got was an alto, not a tenor. I wanted a tenor, but some friends of my mother advised her to buy me an alto because it was a smaller horn and easier for a youngster to handle. This was 1943. Johnny Hodges became my first main influence on alto, and he still kills me. I stayed with alto through 1947, and by then I’d come under the influence of Charlie Parker.

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REVIEWS & SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY


“I was the engineer on the recording sessions and I also made the masters for the original LP issues of these albums. Since the advent of the CD, other people have been making the masters. Mastering is the final step in the process of creating the sound of the finished product. Now, thanks to the folks at the Concord Music Group who have given me the opportunity to remaster these albums, I can present my versions of the music using modern technology. I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks. Today, I feel strongly that I am their messenger.”
—Rudy Van Gelder


John Coltrane
Soultrane

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★★
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John Coltrane
Settin’ The Pace

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★½
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John Coltrane
Dakar

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters

Kenny Burrell &
John Coltrane
Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★★
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John Coltrane
Black Pearls

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★
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John Coltrane
Coltrane

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters

John Coltrane
Standard Coltrane

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★
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John Coltrane
Stardust

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters

John Coltrane
Lush Life

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


DownBeat Review
★★★★★
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Red Garland Quintet feat. John Coltrane and Donald Byrd
Soul Junction

Rudy Van Gelder Remasters


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