This single-disc Concert in Japan by John Coltrane's 1966 quintet is a reissue of the original double LP that was released as IMR 9036C in 1973. Its three selections include two long instrumental pieces and a spoken introduction of the musicians in Japanese. These performances are compiled from two Tokyo dates. This set is not to be confused with the four-disc document that includes both Tokyo concerts in their entirety. The band here performs a 25-minute "Peace on Earth," a ballad that Coltrane wrote especially for the tour, to express his empathy and sympathy for the nuclear destruction Japan experienced during WWII. The tune moves outside, but stays well within the realm of spiritual boundary-pushing that the band was easily capable of.
This double CD features John Coltrane at a concert in Sept. 1965 with his expanded sextet (which included pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, Pharoah Sanders on tenor and Donald Garrett doubling on bass clarinet and bass). Coltrane experts know that 1965 was the year that his music became quite atonal and, with the addition of Sanders, often very violent. This music, therefore, is not for fans of Coltrane's earlier sheets of sound period or for those who prefer jazz as melodic background music.
Jazz Icons: John Coltrane provides an epic 95-minute overview of a true giant of 20th-century music. Three separate shows reveal Coltrane's ascending creative arc from hard bop innovator as a member of the Miles Davis Quartet in 1960 to consummate bandleader in 1961 to unrivalled jazz visionary in 1965. This DVD not only features Trane's classic quartet with Elvin Jones (drums), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and McCoy Tyner (piano), but also spotlights him onstage with other jazz legends including Stan Getz, Eric Dolphy and Oscar Peterson. Includes mind-blowing versions of his signature tunes "My Favorite Things" and "Impressions".
I'm please to announce that this one is actually good, at least the perfomance. Must be around the time of "Kind of Blue" and "Round Midnight" - sparce album notes - the gang from those albums is intact here. Miles has the modal, lyrical Bill Evans on piano. And a mellow Coltrane really listens here to what others are playing. And the great Miles himself, slightly sad and melancholy and tuneful with that Harmon mute. They still seem to LOVE the music.
A tuneful version of "Bye Bye Blackbird", not sped up. Miles quotes from "Maria" from Westside Story. "It Never entered my Mind" - Miles invests himself emotionally in the playing. "So What!" played in the better walking tempo.
Key material from the Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane – recorded on their famous 1960 European tour, and paired here with some other material from an earlier date! The first 5 tracks on the set feature Davis and Coltrane working with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – on a live date from Zurich in April of 1960. Tracks are all quite long, with key Davis and Coltrane solo touches – and include "Fran Dance", "If I Were A Bell", So What", and "All Blues". The last 4 tracks on the CD are from a Cafe Bohemia date in 1958 – and feature a slightly different lineup that includes Bill Evans on piano and Philly Joe Jones on drums – performing shorter, lighter takes on "Walkin", "Four", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and "Two Bass Hit".
John Coltrane returns to the Village Vanguard – but his sound here is a lot more far-reaching than a few years before! The album's a great counterpart to the first Vanguard session – as it takes all of the bold, soaring energy of that date, and balances it with the newly introspective sound of the later Coltrane years – plus some of the freedoms learned from the Love Supreme era. The group here showcases the new territory explored by Coltrane – with Trane himself on tenor, soprano, and a bit of bass clarinet (echoing earlier Dolphy), plus Pharoah Sanders on additional tenor, Alice Coltrane on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Rasheid Ali on drums. The album only features 2 long tracks – an incredibly soulful version of "Naima", and a very firey version of "My Favorite Things", but one that begins with a haunting bass solo by Garrison!