A special Coltrane masterpiece and consistent seller, recorded in December 1961. When asked why such an undertaking, Coltrane replied, "variety." The intense passionate Coltrane interpretation of standards such as "All Or Nothing At All", "What's New", "It's Easy To Remember" and the Sinatra classic "Nancy (With The Laughing Face)" are the essence of Ballads. The recording captures the famed John Coltrane Quartet in a performance of timeless ballads. The album displays John's respect for and adherence to the melody line, with exceptional phrasing and poetic lyricism.