Warning: there is a gentle click for a short time a little way into this ten minute track, but it passes soon enough. At least you can be sure you are listening to vinyl.
Wilbur Harden (flh, tp) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 11, 1958
The dreamy ballad “Invitation” demonstrates the lyrical side of Coltrane. He isn’t burning through three octaves of notes per second, asking to be pulled over and a speeding ticket slapped on his tenor. Wilbur Harden adds contrasting texture on flugelhorn.
Vinyl: Esquire 32 – 179 UK release of Prestige 7243
The record title is slightly perplexing, and underwhelming. “Standard Coltrane:” Is it a good or bad thing being standard?. Standard compared with what – the Non-standard Coltrane? All very confusing what the point is, especially at a time when artists were awarding themselves self-promoting first names extensions – like The Incredible Jimmy Smith and The Remarkable Carmell Jones. The Indefatigable LondonJazzCollector, even. So “Hi, I’m The Standard John Coltrane” has something of a downbeat ring to it. All interesting Coltrane from the later part of his earlier recordings.
What’s the record like? Reviewer: Oh you know, standard Coltrane.
Machine stamp VAN GELDER indicative of The Master at work.
I think we have seen this this “crossed Z” before. Runes! Quick, get a psychic reading.
This record wasn’t in the greatest shape, and priced rather optimistically at Excellent grade , which it certainly wasn’t. A certain amount of negotiation yielded a discount, after a few dismissive exchanges, done in Sergio Leone-style Fistful of Records style. Dry mouth, eyes narrow, beads of sweat stand out on forehead. “You see all the marks on this record, gringo? Your mother is the son of a dog. I don’t want this record. This record is no good. I spit on your record” . Dealer looks shifty, uncomfortable. Lip trembling, nervous laugh. Only joking about the price, I give you discount, big discount. . The price begins to drop. Then there comes a point at which you feel, well, at that price, I can endure a few defects.
We settled somewhere around 20% of the original asking price. And after all, it’s only standard Coltrane.