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Live At The Village Vanguard Live, Original recording remastered, Restored

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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 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered, Restored
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B000W4KSWY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Chasin' the Trane16:06Album Only
Listen  2. Spiritual20:40Album Only
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 29 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album, Coltrane at the height of his powers. He just lived music and the short time left to his was spent producing some amazing music. I know that sometimes less is more but in John Coltrane's hands more is often just more! So by all means get this original version of this album but you should also consider Live at the Village Vanguard: The Master Takes which if you are downloading as MP3s is the same price or you could go all the way and get The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings [LIVE] [BOX SET] which is a bargain as a download but if that is too much for you also consider Live At The Village Vanguard Again! which is briliant. I have recently got into some of the later and postupous Coltarane albums such as Interstellar Space and Sun Ship. I used to be a bit put off by the lack of a steady rhythm but now really love them, having for some time been a big fan of Ascension. I have also really got into some of the more contentious albums like Om and ...Read more ›
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Johnston on 16 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD this record,
put it on your stereo,
sit down and listen to the first track, "Spiritual".
Now try telling me you don't like jazz.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Horn on 30 July 2010
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Great stuff indeed, this really is one of those "every home should have one" recordings. Just click on add to cart, you wont regret it. If u have extra pennies splash out on the complete box set, or even just the master takes edition. Hours upon hours of top quality jazz await you...

Buy now, thank me later....
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Amazing music, but don't buy this edition 18 Jan. 2010
By G B - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Coltrane's 1961 Village Vanguard engagement is legendary - both for the quality of the music and for the controversy it generated at the time. This reissue contains the Live at the Village Vanguard album, nothing more, nothing less, and to my mind offers a very poor value for most listeners.

There is another release - the Village Vanguard Master Takes - that offers the 3 tracks here, plus two others ("India" and "Impressions"). These are the 5 tunes from the 1961 Village Vanguard engagement released during Coltrane's lifetime. To be fair, you can still get those 2 missing tracks by buying the album "Impressions", but leaving them off here seems like a case of runaway original-LP-fetishism.

Another option most listeners should consider is the 4-CD box set which contains all the recorded tracks from the Vanguard engagement. This isn't something for everyone - the box is pricier, and most of the tunes (including 4 or 5 that are not available on the Master Takes disc) are given multiple interpretations that may go over the head of the Coltrane neophyte. Nevertheless, the more you listen to the music, the more the variations between these radically different versions (each night has a different approach) come to the fore. Unless you are the kind of person that will end up with no more than 5 or 6 Trane discs, I would consider saving up the cash and getting the box.

As far as the music, the most famous track is "Chasing the Trane" - a bare-bones blues with Coltrane on tenor, backed by only bass and drums. While later in his career would push the music out even further, by the standards of 1961 this was a very radical performance, with Coltrane's squawks, growls and screams as well as highly dissonant note choices. "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" is the most traditional track from the box, showcasing how well Coltrane's quartet could function even in a more conventionally swinging format. Listen to Elvin on brushes! Finally, "Spiritual" anticipates some of Coltrane's later music - "After the Rain", "Alabama", "Song of Praise", A Love Supreme - though in this case, he's literally playing a tune based on an African American spiritual rather than expressing that sentiment.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
classic 18 Nov. 2009
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on
Format: Audio CD
John Coltrane may have made more stirring albums than Live at the Village Vangaurd, but he never made a more important one.

It is not his playing, or his new band's, which did far better work later. It is not the songs he picked. It is not that this was his best show, becuase it was not.

But it is arguably the first live jazz album that made use of wide open spaces, modes over chords. There are chords here--this is not modal jazz in the strict sense. But these are so extended, it gave Trane, and the band, a chance to open up and play long solos without having to worry about changing chords on the next bar. This freed not only their soloing, but every jazz solo player of the 60s.

Now, I hear those little jazz wheels turning in your pretty little jazz head: Yes. Miles did do this on Kind Of Blue. But the songs there were neat little studio minitures, nuacned to make a perfect sublime album that people could play on their Heathkit tube amplifiers, drinking martinis after Gunsmoke or Jack Benny. Vangaurd is wild improvosation--all the edges hang out.

In retrospect, this is not the best jazz show ever, but as far as invention and the starting point for jazz in the 60s, this towers over almost everything else.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Decent live Coltrane 22 July 2008
By Anthony Cooper - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This fairly short (36 minute) CD has some pretty good performances by the Coltrane-Tyner-Workman-Jones quartet, with Eric Dolphy guesting on "Spiritual". "Spiritual" starts somewhat slowly, then gets moving about 4 minutes in. Coltrane hands off to Dolphy, who's playing bass clarinet. Coltrane comes back, and the playing is almost like an easy preview of "Love Supreme". "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" starts with McCoy Tyner's piano. Coltrane plays a breezy soprano solo throughout the second half of the song. "Chasin' The Trane" seems pretty improvised. This is the wildest track. Towards the end, Coltrane starts to overblow and use some other free jazz techniques. Unfortunately, the rest of the band hasn't caught up with him yet, robbing some of the effect of the techniques.

This is a pretty good CD, but of the live Coltrane disks, I recommend getting "My Favorite Things: Coltrane At Newport" or "One Down, One Up Live At The Half Note" first. Those CD's were recorded later, tie everything together better, and sound 'live-er'.
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By Carol Morris - Published on
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What else is there to say, John Coltrane is a composer, musician, poet and divine artist. I never resist a reason to listen to this particular c/d "Live at the Village Vanguard." I highly recommend those who are already into jazz or those who want to learn more to add this c/d to their collection, and then to listen often.
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