“Ballad”s is an album by Jazz musician John Coltrane and recorded during a period between December 1961 and November 1962, in which the John Coltrane Quartet plays a set of classic ballads.
This grouping was to become known as his quintessential quartet: McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums) [Reggie Workman is heard on bass on track 7 only].
In 1962 John Coltrane was under assault from conservative critics who had labeled his tumultuous extended performances “anti-jazz.” In response he entered the studios to create this classic collection of both well known and obscure ballads.
Re-Issue. MCA 20192. VG****