Artist: John Coltrane
Genre: Hard Bop
John Coltrane’s first album is much like Miles Davis’ first album — despite the conservative approach, the major hallmarks that the artist would later become known for are all included. And, of course, so is the talent. The two originals — “Straight Street” and “Chronic Blues” (the titles reference Coltrane’s problematic heroin addiction, which ended up getting him fired from Davis’ band) — are highly recommended.