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Expression is an album by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. The title track was Coltrane's last studio recording;[citation needed] the rest of the album was recorded at about the same time as Interstellar Space. "To Be" features Coltrane on flute, the only recording he made on the instrument for an entire track.[citation needed] Expression was the last studio album to be approved for release by Coltrane before his death in July 1967, and was released in September 1967.

Studio album by John Coltrane
Released End of September 1967[1]
Recorded February 15, 1967 & March 7, 1967
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz, free jazz
Length 39:20 original LP
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
Live at the Village Vanguard Again!
(1966)Live at the Village Vanguard Again!1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[4]


Track listingEdit

All tracks by John Coltrane.
  1. "Ogunde" – 3:38
  2. "To Be" – 16:22
  3. "Offering" – 8:27
  4. "Expression" – 10:53

Bonus track on 1993 CD reissue; previously issued on The Mastery of John Coltrane, Vol. 3: Jupiter Variation

  1. "Number One" – 11:55

Recorded on February 15 1967 (#2); March 7 1967 (#1, 3, 5), and unknown (#4).



  • Victor Kalin - cover art


  1. ^ Billboard Sept 23, 1967
  2. ^ Expression at AllMusic
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 47. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.