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  • Audio CD (31 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import Music Service
  • ASIN: B005VR96N4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Well I bought the LP in 1970 whilst still at college. Have loved it ever since. I believe with the latest re-issue that Impulse have at last remastered the CD to give a greater recording balance. It deserves better so that all can appreciate its grandeur. Can any listener confirm?

The four quartet tracks are tight and very exhilerating - the density of "Offering" is truely amazing a step beyond even "Giant Steps". The one contraversial track is "To Be" where Coltrane and Sanders solo on flute and picollo - the track runs for 16 minutes and I must admit for several years I felt it required editing, however, over the past few years I have been drawn to its spiritual beauty.

I also post this review to offer another different slant - one I believe either John or Alice or both were proclaiming in the album titles of 1965 to 1967 and I offer to you, the readers of this review.

I recently read a book by MSI (Maharishi Sadashivi Isham) called Ascension. It's an analysis of the art of Ascension as taught by the Ishayas. What struck me reading the book was the number of times famous Coltrane compositions were included in this book as guides to Ascension, it is as though Coltrane were using a subtext to a spiritual path he was striving for us to consider.

Song titles such as "Ascension", "Eternity", "Bliss", "Peace on earth", "Praise", "Infinity", "Expression", "Love", "Attaining", "Offering",
"Serenity" amongst others come screaming at me from the page when reading this book.

Maybe John was spreading this coded message for all as a legacy through his music. Remember his chant on Cosmic Music "May there be peace and love and perfection throughout all creation, oh God." Worth investigating the book "Ascension" and really getting your mind around what Coltrane was trying to convey.

Finally, "Expression" deserves much better recognition as a truely fine album.
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I am not going to attempt a technical or piece by piece description of this album. Rather I will say that this one is on a higher level: intense. Well worth buying if you like Spiritual Jazz. This one you gotta sit down and listen with your full focus. It's not an accompaniment to doing something else.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x994bcfb4) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ec5b4c) out of 5 stars IMPULSE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? 9 May 2003
By G.G. Rossatti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK, the music may be wonderful, a spiritual experience and all that, but what my fellow rewiers have forgotten to warn potential buyers about is the fact that this album needs to be remastered as soon as possible - one need only listen to the version of 'offering' released on 'stellar regions' to understand what i'm talking about. In other words: if you are into Rashid Ali's drumming, definetely do not buy this one, for he's the one to suffer most with the poor quality of the sound - his cymbals are hardly audible and, in a general sense, it's as if he were doing some 'percussion' sounds, instead of really thrashing his kit off.
End result: COLTRANE AND BAND 5 STARS - IMPULSE 2 STARS = 3 STARS
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ec5ba0) out of 5 stars This isn't "music", it's spirituality. 31 May 2001
By Camilo Montenegro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording, like all others from Coltrane in his last years ('65-'67) is an example of an artist breaking free of vanity and ego, allowing him to go beyond art into a truly sacred realm, no longer concerned with the trivialities and vain illusions that keep others from really creating something tanscendent. I believe that towrads the end of his life he saw through the concept of time and this philosophy translated into his "spontaneous composition" aproach which is beautifuly clear in this recording. He was no longer playing music, he was molding space-time. He and his band take you to the very core of existence through their improvisations found on this and many other recordings.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99035a2c) out of 5 stars Coltrane's final expressive masterpiece. 9 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well, no one can accuse Coltrane of not having an imagination. Improvised music is a tricky art. Lack of an immediately identifiable melody can sometimes make improvisation a daunting and annoying venture. Coltrane was a master of this art however and even though his solos were sometimes long winded, each one of them had at least a few areas of pure, unadultered brilliance. "Expression" is not an easy Coltrane album. There is no such thing as an easy Coltrane album but this one poses a real challenge. This album, for being his last is not as atonal as one might think, but if you haven't heard any Coltrane beyond "A Love Supreme", this album is going to blow you away. He is pretty much playing in a quartet setting here, with Pharaoh Sanders only playing on one track. Most reviews of "Expression" say that it gives no clue to where Coltrane was headed, I think it is a fine last album. It doesn't really show where he was headed because if you listen very carefully, this album has a sense of finality to it. Each track seems laden with wispy overtones of desperation, hopeless and acceptance of fate. Coltrane must have known the end was near when he recorded this. The quartet on this album is not the classic quartet. McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones are gone, Jimmy Garrison is the only existing member from the classic quartet. Rashied Ali is on drums and Alice Coltrane on Piano. It is a very different sound from the sound of the Classic Quartet. More spacious. As far as rhythms go, gone is the polyrhythmic thunder of Elvin Jones, Ali plays in more of a panrhythmic fashion, almost making his drumset sound melodic, as opposed to a timekeeper. He is adding to the sound. Alice Coltrane's piano is lush, rolling and spacious. Gone are the wonderful chords of McCoy Tyner, Alice's style is very different, but very effective for what Coltrane wanted to play at that point (listen to the beginning of "Expression" for a good hint of what I mean.) The same goes for Ali. This is truly a wonderful final statement from Coltrane. He even plays flute on a song. All in all a very magnificent 51 minutes, and a little sad too, not only because it was his last album, but because the music is somewhat sad.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98af76e4) out of 5 stars Camilo said it best 5 Dec. 2002
By gone daddy gone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll just chime in the chorus, beautiful spiritual music, "To Be" is one of the most gentle and soothing Coltrane pieces (All you Coltrane Quartet elitists don't know what you're missing, it wasn't all atonal you know!) of all time, as good as the immortal "Naima". Pretty much flawless music as one would expect from the master, I only wish my hero Pharoah Sanders played on more of these. Camilo from D.F. described it best in their review, this is pure, egoless spiritual music, utterly transcendental. I become self conscious now, I fear I repeat myself in my Coltrane reviews here, what can you say about this music that defys all language, all description? Coltrane himself disliked liner notes, preferring for the music to speak for itself (a love supreme being the exception). Great music, not as essential as some other work of this time but still the most incredible music of it's time (or anything since), get Meditations, Sun Ship, Interstellar Space, the live shows, and "The major works of" first, then check this out and you will be so delighted that you did.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98af7084) out of 5 stars Staring At The Ghosts 20 July 2001
By Dennis Stiff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
John Coltrane was never one to waste a single note especially with that avalanche of sound he produced. There were many times when an artist creates just to create...freedom from the constraints of record company exectives, producers, and the jazz buying public. I suspect he used the studio in his later years as a sanctuary for pure expression and nothing else and within that solitude of shadows he made his finest work. I think he gave up the commercial side of himself and retreated into the genius that he is. "Expression" was a record company playing on his name and in doing this unwittingly released two or three ("Interstellar Space" being one of them) of the greatest Jazz recordings ever.
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