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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Blue Train is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 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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105 16
Crescent is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Impressions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time

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Olé Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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64 16
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 10 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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88 27
Ascension is listed (or ranked) 11 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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67 21
Ballads is listed (or ranked) 12 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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The John Coltrane Quartet Play... is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 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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Coltrane's Sound is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Thelonious Monk with John Colt... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Sun Ship is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Soultrane is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Both Directions At Once: The L... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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First Meditations (for quartet... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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33 15
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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34 16
Stellar Regions is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Lush Life is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Coltrane Jazz is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Workin' is listed (or ranked) 25 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