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The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time

Updated August 29, 2019 4.1k votes 606 voters 14.2k views65 items

List RulesThis 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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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksA 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 greatest...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksSpiral, 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
  • 3

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    ProducerNesuhi Ertegün

    TracksMy Favorite Things, Summertime, But Not for Me

    Length (mins)00:40:39

    LabelAtlantic 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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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    ProducerAlfred Lion

    TracksI'm Old Fashioned, Moment’s Notice, Blue Train

    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 second...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane Quartet, John Coltrane

    TracksThe 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 original...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane Quartet, John Coltrane

    TracksGreensleeves, 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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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksDahomey Dance, Olé, Aisha

    LabelAtlantic 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 last of...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane Quartet, John Coltrane

    TracksOut 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 would record later...  more
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    ArtistDuke Ellington, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

    ProducerBob Thiele

    TracksTake the Coltrane, Stevie, Big Nick

    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 one of many...  more
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    ArtistThelonious Monk, John Coltrane

    TracksEpistrophy (alternate take), Trinkle, Tinkle

    Length (mins)00:37:51

    LabelJazzland

    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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    ArtistJohn Coltrane Quartet, John Coltrane

    TracksAll 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 had...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    ProducerBob Thiele

    TracksAscension, Part II, Ascension

    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
  • 14

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksEquinox, Central Park West, Liberia

    LabelAtlantic 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 Favorite...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane, Red Garland Trio

    TracksYou Leave Me Breathless, Traneing In, Slow Dance

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio is the third studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, issued in 1958 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7123. It was recorded at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksConsequences, 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 tenor...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksChim 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....  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksLike 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 Van...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksRise 'n' Shine, Little Melonae, If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Settin' the Pace is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7213. It is assembled from unissued results of a single recording session at the...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksYou 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 Jersey,...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksMr. Syms, Blues to Elvin, Mr. Day

    LabelAtlantic 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 My...  more
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    ArtistJohnny Hartman, John Coltrane

    TracksDedicated 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....  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksFifth House, Harmonique, I'll Wait and Pray

    LabelAtlantic 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 on...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksThen I'll Be Tired of You, Time After Time, Stardust

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Stardust is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1963 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7268. It is assembled from unissued results of two separate recording sessions at the...  more
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    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksCompassion, 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 Pharoah...  more