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Monday, February 12, 2024 is Day 5 of The Coltrane Legacy: Take the Blue Train

The photo that became the cover of “Blue Train,” 1957. Photo by Francis Wolff.

By Matt Silver

By mid-September of 1957, John Coltrane had been kicked out of Miles’s band, he’d kicked heroin, and he’d kicked his musical development into overdrive. First by joining Thelonious Monk’s Quartet for a transformative six-month run at The Five Spot in New York City and then by making up for a relatively late debut as a leader by pumping out Prestige recording dates in volume. This prolific recorded output for Prestige would continue in earnest through 1958; it’s no accident that one of those sessions came to be titled Settin’ the Pace.