John Coltrane, a saxophonist whose technical prowess freed him to play as many as a thousand notes a minute turns in dazzling variations on a simple four-note theme. Including musicians. Lee Morgan, trumpet; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Kenny Drew, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; "Philly" Joe Jones, drums.
"Blue Train is his purest immersion into 'hard-bop' and a textbook case of 'Blue Note sound' - the crisp cymbals, wide soundstage, warm horns, clean balance, and, usually the glaring flaw, a somewhat dimmed piano." - Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound, December 2005 (included in Kaplan's "Best-Sounding Jazz LPs")