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The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time 

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List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

John Coltrane is widely considered one of the best jazz musicians of all time and this list of the best John Coltrane albums includes all his best work, as ranked by fans and jazz lovers. Thanks to fan votes, this John Coltrane discography is ranked from best to worst, with the top John Coltrane albums at the top of the list. This list does not include John Coltrane singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.

What is the best John Coltrane album of all time? The saxophonist and composer is easily one of the jazz greats of the 1960s, with classic albums like A Love Supreme and Blue Train.

This list of popular John Coltrane CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion - and if you think the greatest John Coltrane album still isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote if up as well.

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A Love Supreme is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1965); Tracks: A Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement & A Love Supreme

Genres (Music): Jazz, Post-bop, Avant-garde jazz, Modal jazz

A Love Supreme is a studio album recorded by John Coltrane's quartet in December 1964 and released by Impulse! Records in February 1965. It is generally considered to be among Coltrane's ...more
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Blue Train is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1957); Tracks: I'm Old Fashioned, Moment’s Notice & Blue Train

Producer: Alfred Lion

Length (mins): 00:42:15

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop

Blue Train is the second studio album by John Coltrane, released in 1957 on Blue Note Records, catalogue BLP 1577. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, it is Coltrane's ...more
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Giant Steps is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1959); Tracks: Spiral, Cousin Mary & Giant Steps

Genres (Music): Jazz, Bebop, Hard bop

Giant Steps is the fifth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane as leader, released in 1960 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1311. His first album for his new label Atlantic, it is the ...more
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My Favorite Things is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1961); Tracks: My Favorite Things, Summertime & But Not for Me

Producer: Nesuhi Ertegün

Length (mins): 00:40:39

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Jazz, Free jazz, Modal jazz

My Favorite Things is the seventh studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD-1361. It was the first album to feature Coltrane playing soprano ...more
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Crescent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane Quartet and John Coltrane (1964); Tracks: The Drum Thing, Wise One & Lonnie's Lament

Length (mins): 00:40:34

Genres (Music): Jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Modal jazz

Crescent is a 1964 studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released by Impulse! as A-66. It features his jazz quartet group of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones playing all ...more
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Olé Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1961); Tracks: Dahomey Dance, Olé & Aisha

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Jazz, Free jazz, Modal jazz

Olé Coltrane is the ninth album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1962 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1373. The album was recorded at A&R Studios in New York, and was the ...more
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Impressions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
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Africa/Brass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane Quartet and John Coltrane (1961); Tracks: Greensleeves, Blues Minor & Africa

Genres (Music): Jazz, Free jazz

Africa/Brass is the eighth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Impulse! Records, catalogue A-6. The sixth release for the fledgling label and Coltrane's first for ...more
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Duke Ellington & Joh... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By Duke Ellington and John Coltrane (1963); Tracks: Take the Coltrane, Stevie & Big Nick

Producer: Bob Thiele

Length (mins): 00:35:10

Genres (Music): Jazz

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane recorded on September 26, 1962, and released in February 1963 on Impulse! Records. For Ellington, it was ...more
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Ballads is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane Quartet and John Coltrane (1963); Tracks: All or Nothing at All, You Don’t Know What Love Is & It’s Easy to Remember

Genres (Music): Jazz

Ballads is a jazz album by John Coltrane. It was recorded in December 1961 and 1962, and released on the Impulse! label in 1963 as A-32 and later AS-32. Critic Gene Lees stated that the quartet ...more
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Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1966); Tracks: Ascension, Part II & Ascension

Producer: Bob Thiele

Genres (Music): Jazz, Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz

Ascension is a jazz album by John Coltrane recorded in 1965 and released in 1966. It is often considered to be a watershed album, with the albums released before it being more conventional in ...more
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Meditations is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1966); Tracks: Consequences, Serenity & Compassion

Genres (Music): Jazz, Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Modal jazz

Meditations is a 1966 album by John Coltrane. The album was considered the "spiritual follow-up to A Love Supreme." It features Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders as soloists, both playing ...more
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Soultrane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1958); Tracks: You Say You Care, I Want to Talk About You & Good Bait

Genres (Music): Jazz

Soultrane is the fourth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1958 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7142. It was recorded at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New ...more
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Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane Quartet and John Coltrane (1962); Tracks: Out of This World, Miles' Mode & Soul Eyes

Genres (Music): Jazz, Modal jazz

Coltrane is a 1962 studio album by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. When reissued on CD, it featured a Coltrane composition dedicated to his hero "Big Nick" Nicholas which Coltrane ...more
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Coltrane's Sound is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1964); Tracks: Equinox, Central Park West & Liberia

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Jazz

Coltrane's Sound is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1964 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1419. It was recorded at Atlantic Studios during the sessions for My ...more
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Thelonious Monk with Joh... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane (1961); Tracks: Epistrophy (alternate take), Trinkle & Tinkle

Length (mins): 00:37:51

Label: Jazzland

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane is a 1961 album by Thelonious Monk issued on Jazzland Records, a subsidiary of Riverside Records. It consists of material recorded four years earlier when Monk ...more
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The John Coltrane Quarte... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1965); Tracks: Chim Chim Cheree, Song of Praise & Brazilia

Genres (Music): Post-bop, Avant-garde jazz

The John Coltrane Quartet Plays is a 1965 album by jazz musician John Coltrane.
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Sun Ship is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1971); Tracks: Sun Ship, Dearly Beloved & Amen

Producer: Bob Thiele

Genres (Music): Avant-garde jazz

Sun Ship is a posthumously released jazz album recorded on August 26, 1965, by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. The album extended the free jazz ideas of Transition. The relaxed, serene feel of ...more
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Lush Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1961); Tracks: Like Someone in Love, Lush Life & I Love You

Length (mins): 00:36:28

Genres (Music): Jazz

Lush Life is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7188. It is assembled from unissued results of three separate recording sessions at ...more
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Coltrane Plays the Blues... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1962); Tracks: Mr. Syms, Blues to Elvin & Mr. Day

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Jazz

Coltrane Plays the Blues is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1962 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1382. It was recorded at Atlantic Studios during the sessions for ...more
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John Coltrane and Johnny... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane (1963); Tracks: Dedicated to You, They Say It's Wonderful & Lush Life

Genres (Music): Jazz

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman is a 1963 studio album featuring John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.
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First Meditations (for q... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1977); Tracks: Compassion, Joy & Serenity

Genres (Music): Jazz, Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Modal jazz

First Meditations (for quartet) is an album by John Coltrane recorded in 1965. It is a quartet version of a suite Coltrane would record as Meditations two months later with the additions of ...more
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Coltrane Jazz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1960); Tracks: Fifth House, Harmonique & I'll Wait and Pray

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Jazz

Coltrane Jazz is the sixth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1354. It marks the first appearance of the early John Coltrane Quartet ...more
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Interstellar Space is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1974); Tracks: Mars, Jupiter & Jupiter Variation

Genres (Music): Jazz, Free jazz

Interstellar Space was one of the final studio albums recorded by the saxophonist John Coltrane before his death in 1967, released posthumously by Impulse! Records on LP in 1974.
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Stellar Regions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
By John Coltrane (1995); Tracks: Seraphic Light, Configuration & Tranesonic

Producer: Bob Thiele

Length (mins): 01:00:56

Genres (Music): Jazz, Free jazz

Stellar Regions is a posthumous release by John Coltrane, discovered in 1994 by the artist's wife, Alice Coltrane, who plays the piano on the session. Alice Coltrane is also responsible for the ...more