John Coltrane – You leave me breathless (1957)

“You Leave Me Breathless” provides everything that a love song should with long, languid runs by Coltrane, Garland, and what is arguably Paul Chambers at his absolute finest. Few passages can match the grace and stately refinement of the bassist as he pilots the proceedings behind Taylor’s steady metronome and Garland’s luminous, effective comps. John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio (1957) draws to a close on the bebop lover’s dream, a fast and furious interpretation of the Irving Berlin classic “Soft Lights and Sweet Music.” Clearly Coltrane excels within this context, laying down his note clusters more rapidly than the listener can actually absorb them. These are clear demarcations pointing toward the remarkable sonic advancements Coltrane was espousing. And although it would be a few years before he’d make the leap into full-blown free jazz, the roots can clearly be traced back here. [source]
Line up:
Paul Chambers (Bass)
Art Taylor (Drums)
Red Garland (Piano)
John Coltrane (Tenor Saxophone)

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