Amsterdam After Dark

Amsterdam After Dark

George Coleman

Label: Timeless Jazz Legacy
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917450927
Catalog number: TJL 74509
Releasedate: 01-10-10
George Coleman has been an exciting tenor-saxophone soloist for over 50 years. Amsterdam After Dark, which matches him with a brilliant rhythm section, is one of the highpoints of his long career.
  • A powerful tenor-saxophonist, George Coleman has long been famous in the jazz world for his period as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.
  • A superior player with a sound of his own, Coleman has many opportunities throughout this quartet set from 1978 to stretch out on originals and “Autumn In New York.”
  • Coleman is joined by an all-star rhythm section that is consistently inventive and inspiring.
  • George Coleman has only infrequently recorded as a leader through the years. Amsterdam After Dark is considered by many to be his finest hour.
Recorded, 29 December 1978 in the Sound Ideas Studio, New York.

George Coleman - tenor sax
Hilton Ruiz - piano
Sam Jones - bass
Billy Higgins - drums
George Coleman (born in Memphis in 1935) gained early experience playing his tenor in blues bands in Memphis and throughout the south, including with B.B. King in the mid-1950s. After playing with the MJT 3 in Chicago in 1957, he moved to New York. Coleman worked with the Max Roach Quintet, Slide Hampton's octet, and organist Wild Bill Davis. While with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963-64, Coleman played alongside Davis, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. He also recorded Maiden Voyage with Hancock.
Coleman became a bandleader after leaving Davis but also worked with Lionel Hampton, Charles McPherson and on and off with Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine. He has continued to grow as a soloist through the years and is still active today at the age of 75.