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John Coltrane – Blue Train Lithograph Print Set (Francis Wolff Collection – BN.WOLFF.1577.001 - .006)
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Francis Wolff Collection BN.WOLFF.1577.001 - .006
Limited Edition of 300
Six 12” x 12” Archival Pigment Prints on 100# Silk-Stock Acid Free Fine Art Paper in LP Jacket Record Sleeve. Includes a Certificate Of Authenticity.
JOHN COLTRANE - BLUE TRAIN
On September 15, 1957, John Coltrane went into Rudy Van Gelder’s living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey and recorded his first great masterpiece: Blue Train. The fulfillment of a handshake deal Coltrane made with Alfred Lion, it would be the legendary saxophonist’s sole session as a leader for Blue Note Records, a locomotive album fueled by the bluesy title track that featured a dynamic sextet with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Blue Train established Coltrane as a force of nature and set him on a course towards becoming one of the most revered and influential jazz artists of all-time.
THE FRANCIS WOLFF COLLECTION
Francis Wolff was a commercial photographer in Berlin before escaping Nazi-controlled Germany for America in late 1939. Arriving in New York City, Wolff joined his childhood friend and fellow jazz enthusiast Alfred Lion who had just founded a small independent jazz label called Blue Note Records. Soon, Wolff was bringing his camera to recording sessions and jazz clubs where he’d capture intimate portraits of the musicians at work, and over the next three decades he steadily built one of the greatest collections of jazz photography of all-time. Over his career Wolff photographed a true Who’s Who of Jazz history capturing iconic images of legends including Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, and many more. In recent decades, Wolff’s photographs have begun to be recognized as works of art themselves and The Francis Wolff Collection presents a series of one-of-a-kind limited edition fine art photography collector’s pieces that celebrates the legacy of Wolff and the musicians he loved.