Song 20: John Coltrane, “Moment’s Notice” (1957)


“Moment’s Notice” is my favorite jazz song.

Granted, I don’t know much jazz, but I know I love this song. It’s the perfect amount of energy; any more pep and the thing would capsize. It has a melody that seems more at home in a Gershwin ballad than a hard bop track. Blue Train was only Coltrane’s second record as a bandleader, but you’d never guess it; the album is remarkably confident and subtle.

After Blue Train, Coltrane would tackle avant-garde and, of course, become one of jazz’s most influential figures. But “Moment’s Notice” is amazing enough for me.


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