George Coleman – The Quartet CD


1. Paul’s Call
2. I Wish You Love
3. Prelude to a Kiss
4. Lollipops and Roses
5. East 9th Street Blues
6. When I Fall in Love
7. Along Came Betty
8. You’ve Changed
9. Triste

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8-panel Digipak Album

“It’s no wonder Coleman has dubbed this recording so definitively as THE QUARTET: These are his guys, and from the first note, they come out swinging.”
— Jeff Tamarkin, Relix

“THE QUARTET celebrates the spirited cohesion that the Coleman-Mabern alliance achieved through the decades.”
— Steve Futterman, The New Yorker

“Everything about saxophonist George Coleman’s THE QUARTET is perfect.”
— Andrew Jones, Downbeat


George Coleman has been involved with notable bands throughout his remarkable career. As a leader, he’s worked with such estimable players as Ray Drummond, Billy Higgins, Mike LeDonne, Bob Cranshaw, Hilton Ruiz, and Sam Jones. As a sideman, Coleman has wielded his powerful tenor alongside some of the music’s most legendary artists: Miles Davis, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Cedar Walton, and B.B. King, among many others.

So, when the saxophone master christens an album THE QUARTET, those two simple words speak volumes about the esteem in which he holds the musicians that make up his band. Coleman’s album backs up that typically understated compliment with a captivating session of bristling swing, lively interplay, and deep communication.

That fact isn’t particularly surprising considering the musicians involved. On this all-too-rare excursion into the studio, Coleman is joined by pianist Harold Mabern, with whom he shared an almost lifelong relationship, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. This quartet shared the bandstand for the better part of two decades, but this release marks their debut recording together. That fact alone lends considerable heft to that seemingly straightforward title.

That relaxed approach is evident throughout THE QUARTET, which manages to feel warm and effortless while never for a moment losing the scintillating surprise of in-the-moment discovery. It adds a new chapter to Coleman’s considerable discography, one that reflects the wealth of experiences and encounters that he has enjoyed over the decades. Most importantly, it captures a stellar band at the height of its powers, a tantalizing glimpse of an extraordinary quartet only previously enjoyed by those who’ve been awestruck by seeing them in person.

released September 27, 2019

George Coleman – tenor saxophone
Harold Mabern – piano
John Webber – bass
Joe Farnsworth – drums

Recorded Live May 20, 2019
at Sear Sound Studio C, NYC

Produced by Paul Stache and Damon Smith
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Christopher Allen
Studio Assistant: Justin Berger
Photography: Jimmy & Dena Katz
Quartet photo: Paul Stache
Liner Notes: Shaun Brady
Design: Damon Smith and Paul Stache

Weight 0.33 lbs