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John Coltrane

“Blue Train”

Blue Train (Blue Note, 1958)

As a trumpet player, I’m continually enamored with 19-year-old Lee Morgan’s crackling sound and prodigal technique on the instrument. I selected this song first, however, because it so clearly illustrates one of my favorite aspects of writing for multiple horns. In the first statement of the melody, the three-piece

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