This is a solo from one of the great albums of all time, a meeting between two giants of American culture. It’s a fast blues and clearly Duke Ellington is not playing in a bebop style. Throughout the entire album, the rhythm sections are varied, and this one features Trane’s bass/drum duo of Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. The mixture of styles is compelling.
This is definitely not sheets of sound. It is also not bebop, although there are certainly elements of bebop in Trane’s playing. This is squarely in the middle period of Coltrane’s career, a few key elements are:
- Use of unusual chromatic substitutions
- Heavy use of pentatonic scales
- Alternate fingerings
- Lots of triads and wide intervals
- The saxophone tone seems on the edge of “overblowing,” with a powerful overall volume
There are actually two solos here, the first one is from :47-2:50, measures 1-133. The second is shorter, and occurs from 3:32-4:07, when the recapitulation occurs.
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