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Albums 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
1965 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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Giant Steps is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1959 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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Crescent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1964 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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Blue Train is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1957 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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My Favorite Things is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1961 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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Olé Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1961 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
1961 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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Meditations is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1966 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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Ascension is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1966 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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Ballads is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1963 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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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1963 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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Coltrane's Sound is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1964 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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Sun Ship is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1971 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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The John Coltrane Quartet Play... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1965 The John Coltrane Quartet Plays is a 1965 album by jazz musician John Coltrane.

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Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1962 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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First Meditations (for quartet... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1977 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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Stellar Regions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1995 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

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Thelonious Monk with John Colt... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1961 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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Soultrane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1958 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 Plays the Blues is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1962 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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Lush Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1961 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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Interstellar Space is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1974 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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Workin' is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1959 Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles Davis. Two sessions on May 11, 1956 and October 26 in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Relaxin' with The ...more

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Transition is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1970 Transition is an album of music by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, recorded in 1965 but released posthumously only in 1970. As its title indicates, Transition was a bridge between classic ...more

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John Coltrane and Johnny Hartm... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1963 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman is a 1963 studio album featuring John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

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Traneing In is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1957 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 ...more

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Stardust is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1963 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 ...more

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Coltrane Jazz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1960 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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Bags & Trane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1961 Bags & Trane is an album credited to jazz musicians Milt Jackson and John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1368. Taking its title from Jackson and Coltrane's ...more

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The Africa Brass Sessions, Vol... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time

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Kulu Sé Mama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1967 Kulu Sé Mama is an album by jazz musician John Coltrane. Recorded during 1965, it was released in early 1967 as Impulse! A-9106. The title piece and "Selflessness" were recorded ...more

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Both Directions At Once: The L... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

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The Cats is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1959 The Cats is an album credited to jazz musicians Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, and Idrees Sulieman, released in 1959 on New Jazz, a subsidiary label of Prestige Records. It was ...more

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Expression is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1967 Expression is an album by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. The title track was Coltrane's last studio recording; the rest of the album was recorded at about the same time as Interstellar Space. ...more

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Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1957 Coltrane is the debut album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1957 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7105. The recordings took place at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New ...more

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Settin' the Pace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1961 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 ...more

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Dakar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1963 Dakar is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1963 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7280. Dakar is a reissue of one side of a 16 rpm LP called Baritones and French Horns ...more

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Coltrane Time is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1959 Stereo Drive is an album by jazz musician Cecil Taylor featuring John Coltrane, released in 1959 on United Artists Records, catalogue UAS 5014. The mono edition was issued as UAL 4014 with the ...more

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The Avant-Garde is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1966 The Avant-Garde is an album credited to jazz musicians John Coltrane and Don Cherry, released in 1966 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD 1451. It features Coltrane playing the compositions of ...more

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Standard Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1962 Standard Coltrane is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1962 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7243. It is assembled from unissued results of a single recording session ...more

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Om is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1967 Om is a 1968 album by John Coltrane recorded in October 1965. Om refers to the sacred syllable in Hinduism, which symbolizes the infinite or the entire Universe. Coltrane described Om as the ...more

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Tenor Conclave is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1957 Tenor Conclave is an album by Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane and Zoot Sims. The album was originally recorded in 1956 and issued in 1957 on Prestige as PRLP 7074. However, as Coltrane's ...more

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Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1963 Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane is an album credited to jazz musicians Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane. Recorded on March 7, 1958, it was originally released on the New Jazz label as NJ 8276 in ...more

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Bahia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1964 Bahia is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1965 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7353. It is assembled from unissued results of two separate recording sessions at the ...more

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Mating Call is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1957 Mating Call is an album by jazz musician Tadd Dameron issued in 1957 on Prestige Records, catalog 7070. It was recorded at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New Jersey. All tracks ...more

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Brazilia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time

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Gleanings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time

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2 Tenors is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time

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The Last Trane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time
1965 The Last Trane is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1965 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7378. It is assembled from unissued results of three separate recording ...more