Opening with the incredibly famous, shadowy display of “Blue Train”, a self-titled cut from Blue Train. The track has an ominous nature about it in the first moments that creates a detective tension behind the notes with the nightlights coming into life as the city begins to die down. Then in a burst of energy, Coltrane flares up and shows the booming and rush of a cityscape that is overtaken by the structure of jazz glory. Without becoming entirely freeform, but without having a rigid sense, Coltrane and his band are these soldiers of swinging sounds that collaborate together to form a bond. This bond is the catalyst for some of the more adventurous moments in Blue Train as the noise cascades throughout the record.
Similar in instrumental preference, Blue Train is a jazz highlight that lives next to Kind Of Blue as a standout jazz piece that is instantly recognizable because of its prowess to the work. Coltrane instead has more of an upbeat nature to the somber reliance of Davis. Blue Train is a record that feels moody and focused on tone, but is derived from a place of excitement and hustle. Especially shown well on the following track, “Moment’s Notice”. The strides that Coltrane begins to take as he shows his musical athleticism in the way that he can control his breathing to hit consecutive notes in solo offshoots throughout. His play style and his overall charisma behind the instrument is breathtaking as he can catapult each track into new heights of experimentalism and potential capability.
The final installment shows Coltrane in a last, almost swan song style of fury. The progression stands throughout Blue Train and overall takes the method of being a rush of jazz fusion that borders on the unstructured sense of experimentalism. Coltrane is overall a heavyweight that continues to rise as a monument through the ages for his work. He was a powerhouse, and one of the first musicians that could light a room up with just the first moments of his performance.