Alongside with Gunther Schuller or even Claus Ogerman, Blake was an expert in the art of combining elements of classical and jazz musics; the ‘Third Stream’ movement. Recorded on the 23rd of June in Paris ‘Comedie des Champs Elysées’ Hall. Rear liner notes written by Jaki Byard.
From the album Ballads by John Coltrane, Recorded 1961 and 1962.
Critic Gene Lees stated that the quartet had never played the tunes before. “They arrived with music-store sheet music of the songs” and just before the recordings, they “would discuss each tune, write out copies of the changes they’d use, semi-rehearse for a half hour and then do it”. Each piece was recorded in one take, except for “All or Nothing at All” [source]
Personel: John Coltrane – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone / McCoy Tyner – piano / Jimmy Garrison – bass / Elvin Jones – drums