The Last Trane represents the final studio session for Prestige in the
productive recording relationship between John Coltrane and Red Garland. Often
with trumpeter Donald Byrd on board, the two made a succession of dates in 1957
and ‘58 in which Coltrane’s genius could be heard developing. His celebrated job
with Thelonious Monk had deepened his harmonic understanding and reinforced his
determination to explore beyond the boundaries
of standard jazz improvisation.
In his remarkable blues solo on “By the Numbers,” Coltrane both affirms his
roots and announces a new direction. Comparison with the other slow blues, “Slowtrane,”
made eight months earlier, is instructive.
• Vinyl LP
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Louis Hayes, drums
Earl May, bass
Arthur Taylor, drums
3. By the Numbers
4. Come Rain or Come Shine
"Slowtrane" recorded Auguest 16, 1957; "Lover," "Come Rain or Come Shine," recorded January 10, 1958; "By the Numbers" recorded March 26, 1958.
All selections recorded in Hackensack, NJ.