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Interstellar Space Original recording remastered

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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 (19 Jun. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B00004TA41
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Mars10:43Album Only
Listen  2. Venus 8:36Album Only
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Listen  4. Saturn11:43Album Only
Listen  5. Leo10:56Album Only
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At times this album is hard, intense and demands total attention. But if you give it just that you will find Interstellar Space is totally absorbing and beautiful. Recorded just months before his death it shows 'Trane continuing to press the boundaries of music, discovering both moments of quietness and harshness as he does. With only drummer Rashied Ali to accompany him 'Trane creates his own universe, which very few musicians have managed to do quite so completely. With the original four tracks and two extras ("Leo" and "Jupiter Variations") included this is an album of such brilliance that even after a hundred plays the listener still finds new things to discover. It is a masterpiece of moods but one, which will most definitely not be found at garden centres.--Phil Brett

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By kit7635 on 24 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ferocious and luminously beautiful free improvised duets from 1967 with Rashied Ali, swinging like crazy and actually rather acessable. Unforced and wide open, the absence of any third parties to clog the gears gives the music total freedom to breathe and swell, saxophonist Coltrane an effortless stream of soul resonanting shapes and transitions and Ali a blizzard of crashing drums. An amazing recording, with the instrument tones seamlessly stinging and billowy and the recording studio reverberating like a church.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By pjr VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
By the time of the recordings of these pieces in 1967 John Coltrane was travelling farther and father out into the musical hinterland of free jazz. This set of recordings with drummer Rashid Ali is about as far as you can get. The music here is wild and powerful and at times violent as Ali and Coltrane at times seem to battle for the space in the music.

This is improvisation of the first order. Coltrane's playing squawks, honks, runs, and stutters its way around the clattering cachophony of Ali's frenetic drumming. Easy listening it isn't. It does seem to be a statement and it is fascinating to wonder where Coltrane would have gone next with his music beacuase listening to this you sometimes conclude that this was something of a final statement. If John Coltrane really was on some kind of musical journey it does seem, listening to this, that perhaps he had arrived.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is undoubtedly very much music of its time, and likewise not music for all occasions. A product of late '60s moves (when I say 'cosmic flares' I'm not alluding to the fashionable loon-pants of the era!) towards 'free jazz', it nonetheless remains both structured enough, and varied enough in mood and approach, for me to enjoy it a lot, where the squalls of say Peter Brotzman's Machine Gun, recorded only a year later, I find simply confrontationally abrasive. describe Interstellar Space as 'Rousing if somewhat inaccessible music', which is, I think, pretty fair. Originally recorded in, I believe, 1967, it wasn't released at all until 1974, and then only in incomplete form. Now we can enjoy Leo and Jupiter Variation, in addition to Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Leo has something approaching a 'head' arrangement, and several cuts find Coltrane jingling some bells in the intros and outros. But other than that, these are just long, fairly free improvised duets between Coltrane and drummer Rashied Ali, who uses sticks on all cuts save when he picks up brushes on Venus.

Enough has been said about Coltrane, so, as a drummer, my props go to Rashied Ali, who's playing is staggering: without Ali backing 'Trane, this would be nigh-on unlistenable for me. Either element on it's own would, whilst perhaps fascinating for a little while, ultimately seem too one dimensional, at least for me. But together... Both players complement each other in a way that (I feel) much free jazz fails to observe; there's a real sense of sympathetic interplay and connection - i.e. listening - as opposed to simply making noise at the same time. And this especially true of Ali, as he supports 'Trane on his cosmic flights.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in 1967 but not released until 1974, these duets between John Coltrane and drummer Rashied Ali may actually be the most accessible recordings that the 'free' Coltrane ever made. The longest piece runs less than twelve minutes, so there are no half-hour endurance tests. The absence of other melody or harmony instruments means that the listener can hear Coltrane's extraordinary virtuosity and sense his passionate involvement without distraction. The much-maligned Rashied Ali provides a continuous foundation and commentary that is fascinating in its own right and as valid in its way as the more metrical playing of Elvin Jones.

A cursory listen might suggest that the six pieces here are essentially variations on a theme, but in fact they all have their own characters. I came to this album something of a skeptic about late Coltrane, and have found myself listening to this repeatedly. Recommended for anybody who is prepared to listen with an open mind.
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