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Live At Birdland Live, 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 (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B0018RWD68
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Afro-Blue (1963/Live At Birdland)10:49Album Only
Listen  2. I Want To Talk About You (Live (1963 Birdland)) 8:10Album Only
Listen  3. The Promise (Live (1963 Birdland)) 8:07Album Only
Listen  4. Alabama (Live) 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Your Lady (Live At Birdland) 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This was the first album I heard back in the 1960s by the classic quartet of John Coltrane(tenor, soprano sax), McCoy Tyner(piano), Jimmy Garrison(bass) & Elvin Jones(drums). Only the first three tracks were recorded live at Birdland on October 8, 1963, the remaining being studio recordings from the same year. Mongo Santamaria's 'Afro Blue' is a stirring soprano outing for Coltrane who returns to tenor on the beautiful ballad 'I Want To Talk About You' which has a stunning unaccompanied coda. Of the studio tracks the highlight is the sombre and moving 'Alabama' inspired by a bomb outrage at a church in Birmingham. 'Your Lady' is dedicated to Coltrane's wife-to-be Alice McLeod.
'Live at Birdland' still bowls me over almost 50 years later and is an ideal introduction to Trane's wonderful music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD
But what is there left to say? The man made music like breathing. Unsentimental, emotional, a mite earnest at times later on, committed, sometimes breathtaking, often ineffably lovely, always distinctive.
It's all here on this classic 1963 session from Birdland, with the equally classic line-up of endlessly inventive pianist McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison reliable on bass, and storming drummer Elvin Jones, who must have been one of the hardest working men in jazz back then.
The opener Afro-Blue is a ten-minute lesson in intensity, propelled along by Elvin on fire behind a drum-kit that sounds like it must be shifting across the stage, such is the power and energy with which Jones bashes his skins.
I Want to Talk About You is Trane in gentler mode, but as ever finding the unexpected in the Billy Eckstine standard. Lovely.
The Promise plays host to a sparkling, beautifully recorded solo from Tyner, among other delights. In fact the sound on the whole album is superb.
The rest of this wonderful music I'll leave for you to discover for yourself. How can one describe music this visceral, this immediate, this damn good!
There are fuller versions of this famed Birdland date, as well as a Vol 2 - but this will do for now. It's stating no more than the self-evident truth to say that this music is not only essential, and deserving of its classic status, but proof if proof were needed that John Coltrane was a genius of jazz, and a musician of humbling passion, integrity and grace.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emre Adam on 31 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
One of the 5 live recordings of all time in my opinion. The last 2 songs however are Van Gelder's studio tracks, but it does not make the album worthless, that the great collaboration (Coltrane,Garrison,Jones and Tyner) are back on the saddle to make us blow out of our minds!

Have the cd but gotta have the lp as soon as possible!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great Coltrane Album, But Not All Live At Birdland 14 April 2011
By karlojazz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Supporting John Coltrane on this "live" recording are Jimmy Garrison on bass, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums, an excellent rhythm section.

There are a total of five tracks on this CD:

1. Afro-Blue (Mongo Santamaria)(10:50)
2. I Want to Talk About You (Billy Eckstein)(8:11)
3. The Promise (John Coltrane) (8:10)
4. Alabama (John Coltrane)(5:09)
5. Your Lady (John Coltrane) (6:39)

According to an article in Wikipedia, only the first three tracks were recorded live at Birdland on October 8, 1963. Tracks 4 and 5 were recorded on November 18, 1963 at the Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey. Track 6 was recorderd at that same recording studio on March 6, 1963.

Additionally, the article states that "Alabama" was written as a tribute to the four children killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

A live version of "I Want to Talk About You" was previously recorded in 1958 for Coltrane's album Soultrane.

LeRoi Jones wrote a meandering but highly enthusiastic set of liner notes for this album. I'll allow him to have the last word: "All the music on this album is Live, whether it was recorded above the drinking and talk at Birdland, or in the studio. There is a daringly human quality to John Coltrane's music that makes itserlf felt, wherever he records. if you can hear, this music will make you think of a lot of weird and wonderful things. You might even become one of them." Amen.

Highly Recommended.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Essential Coltrane... 12 May 2010
By Charles W. Mott III - Published on
One of the finest live albums ever created, starting with the definitive version of Afro Blue. Coltrane's improvisng is at his most passionate, and that passion resonates through all the tracks on the CD. This, along with My Favorite Things, a Love Supreme and Giant Steps are a must for a starter 'Trane collection. Essential to any jazz collection. Essential to any collection of quality music really. A listening experience that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the final track. Can't say enough good things about it. Fans of that outside, experimental 'Trane of later years may want to look elsewhere - none of that here, thankfully. Buy it now, thank me later :). It's that good.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
good stuff 4 Dec. 2009
By Andre Mills - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Once it started playing, all I could do is play it again and again. Pure Trane!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Crowd-pleasing live album 19 Nov. 2008
By Anthony Cooper - Published on
Format: Audio CD
John Coltrane has his standard quartet (McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones) gathered for another Impulse short (38 minutes) live album. This one is a little better than "Live At The Village Vanguard" since the songs work together. From the opener, "Afro-Blue" to the closer, "Your Lady", Coltrane plays with an appealing tone. There aren't long spinning improvisations like on "One Down, One Up Live At The Half Note" (a better CD, by the way), but Coltrane plays to the songs. Depending on each listener's favorite phase of Coltrane's career, different people will like this different amounts. Anyone with an appreciate of pre-"Acension" Coltrane will certainly enjoy this CD.
Five Stars 6 Dec. 2014
By Boblyn Austin - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great trane.
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