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John Coltrane (1926-67) was the most relentlessly exploratory musician in jazz history. He was always searching, seeking to take his music further in what he quite consciously viewed as a spiritual quest. In terms of public recognition, this quest began relatively late. The tenor saxophonist, a native of North Carolina who later moved to Philadelphia, was 28 when he joined the Miles Davis ... Read more in Amazon's John Coltrane Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B0018RWD5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. India
2. Up 'Gainst The Wall
3. Impressions
4. After The Rain - John Coltrane Quartet, Roy Haynes

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This Coltrane disc is a bit of a mixed bag. The two shorter tracks, "Up 'Gainst the Wall" and "After the Rain" are very polished and great to listen to, but somewhat uninspiring. "After the Rain" may be a marvellous ballad, but for me the real interest in this collection comes in "India" and "Impressions" with frantic but lyrical solo work from Coltrane and great backing from saxophonist Eric Dolphy and the band.
The bass clarinet-sax duet riff on "India" is catchy, and Coltrane's soprano sax playing is also impressive on this track. "Impressions" is a real showcase for Coltrane, and I believe it is one of his most impressive tracks.
The bonus track, the traditional Swedish melody "Dear Old Stockholm" which Miles Davis also developed in similar style, upholds the high standard of this superb CD. I recommend this disc to Coltrane fans, but also to those searching for a first taste of his genius.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Cormack on 18 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is a hodge-podge, with three stunning tunes and two (relative) fillers, and with all five tracks in differing styles. There are two long songs (one an epic solo exploration by Coltrane, the other a dense rhythmic work out), a lush ballad, a folk song and a cover. Nonetheless, if you can ignore the disparaty in the music and enjoy it on a track-by-track basis, this is one of Coltrane's finest albums.

"India" is an incredible opener, the two basses creating an utterly deep and resonant sound, filling the track with foreboding. Trane solos on soprano sax while Eric Dolphy plays on a reed. It's stunning - jazz had never been like this before! The sound is mysterious, pulsating and richly textured. At the middle, after tension is built and built by Dolphy on the reed, Trane comes in with an enormous shrieking howl which captures a sense of utter spiritual anguish. Proto-punk, practically!

"Impressions" meanwhile is a length (but never boring) exploration by Coltrane, his power and originality and creativity are utterly dazzling. As indeed is the backing, which propels him ino some kind of supersonic stream.

"After The Rain" is a ballad with an apt name, as you can practically see the rain dripping off the leaves, hear the swollen streams slip by, and see the emergent sunlight twinkling on dripping droplets. Lush just doesn't capture it! Perhaps Coltrane's finest ballad.

The other songs are less memorable but not bad, perhaps serving as a breathing space between the incredible atmospheres developed by Coltrane. This album is well worth buying by any jazz fan!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Cotton on 6 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my favourite John Coltrane album of a dozen, or so in my collection, including the usual studio recordings - Giant Steps, Favourite Things, A Love Supreme etc..

This is pure, progessive, free flowing jazz at it's best and probably the best time in John's career post Miles Davis line up. How can you better the musicians he's playing with and the beautiful music they are making? This to me, is John's equivalent of Kind Of Blue, the audience must of been spellbound. Buy it and play it lots. I could play "India" and "Impressions" all day long. Not a dough tune on this disc.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David C on 12 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful album...hours of listening into.Eric Dolphy is on two tracks and masterpiece tracks they are. Coltrane on soprano sax and Dolphy on bass clarinet on 'India' and then the reverse, with Coltrane on tenor and Dolphy on alto on 'Impressions';are they kidding or what?But these are truly marvellous tracks.. Dolphy's sound is extraordinarily compelling and Coltrane is majestic in exploring every facet of expression in breath,note and chord.This is a top notch release from the Impulse label and comes highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 July 2012
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This 1963 release contains one of the many live recorded versions of Coltrane's own composition Impressions which, for me, along with his versions of the likes of Out Of This World, Ole and Afro Blue, ranks as one of his greatest extended numbers. Recorded at the Village Vanguard, this 15 minute version features around (yes, you've guessed it) 15 minutes of Coltrane soloing on tenor, but whilst this may initially appear to be overkill (or bordering on self-indulgence - not unknown, of course, for the great man), his solo does not for a second flag. Given the extent of Coltrane's dominance of the version, not surprisingly, Eric Dolphy's alto saxophone and McCoy Tyner's piano are notable only by their absence, whilst Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones (as usual) provide great rhythmic backing.

For me, the other outstanding piece on this album is Coltrane's sublime ballad After The Rain. His playing of this exquisite melody is as heartfelt and mellow as anything he has ever done, right up there with Every Time We Say Goodbye, Alabama, Wise One and Naima. Recorded in the studio, After The Rain also features some sensitive piano playing from Tyner. The other tracks included here are a live version of the extended composition India, which features Coltrane on soprano sax and displays some remarkably inventive (and high pitched!) bass clarinet playing by Dolphy, and a studio recording of another Coltrane composition, the quirky, blues-based Up 'Gainst The Wall.
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