Thursday, June 11, 2009

"First" Coltrane LP issued in 1979? Not really

This is a note that continues the chronology of the John Coltrane original issue discography, the last one coming a while ago. The next recordings on which he appears are actually private tapes which were never released. On November 17 and December 3, 1950, Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, with Trane on tenor, were recorded playing live at Club Silhouette in Chicago, quite likely surreptitiously.

On January 6, 1951, a slightly different Gillespie Sextet with Coltrane still on tenor and Milt Jackson sitting in on vibraphone, was recorded as part of a radio broadcast. The first three of these tunes, including "Night in Tunisia" were never released until the 1979 LP called "Trane's First Ride" (Oberon 5100), pictured.