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Live Trane: THE EUROPEAN TOURS Box set

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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 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Pablo
  • ASIN: B00005O1EY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The music on this seven-CD set was recorded during three European tours, capturing John Coltrane in concert as he was becoming perhaps the most compelling and influential musician in jazz. His working relationships with pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones were already solidly in place on the 1961 tour, which also had Eric Dolphy on reeds and Reggie Workman on bass. For the 1962 and 1963 tours, the classic quartet with Tyner, Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison had found its form. There are several performances of Coltrane's favourite vehicles here, tunes to which he could return nightly with different results. Among them are "Impressions", the springboard to some of his most explosive tenor explorations, "My Favorite Things", the soprano signature that could summon floating bliss or coiled intensity and "Mr PC", a rapid-fire trip through his evolving harmonic approaches. There's fascinating contrast between some of the same pieces played by the different bands. The earlier group is more fluid and it's extraordinary to hear the added stimulus Coltrane gets from Dolphy's cascading inventions. There are other gems here as well, like "Lonnie's Lament" and "Spiritual"--original themes that Coltrane imbued with a keening, magisterial power--and the equally beautiful balladry of "I Want to Talk About You". This is a treasure trove for those who love Coltrane, a fine complement to the Impulse studio and live recordings of the same period. Roughly half of this music, generally the later material, has been available on a series of Pablo CDs. Much of the earlier material has surfaced on bootlegs, usually with very inferior sound and an absence of discography. Live Trane is the first time this great material has received the treatment it deserves. --Stuart Broomer

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Hughes on 26 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ok so this is an 'expensive' box set but if you like John Coltrane or jazz then this is an excellant, buy and keep set. Probably not an entry point into Jazz, in that case I would suggest in a silent way by Miles Davies. But John Coltrane was a saxophone visionary and this demonstartes John stil being innovative. His loss left a hole in the world of music.
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LIVE TRANE: european bliss 22 Sept. 2005
By J. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
sure, there are alot of live Coltrane albums out there, so why should this one be so special? well, for starters, Eric Dolphy sharing the creative space with Coltrane and his band is always thrilling. but these disc showcase the changing direction of John Coltrane and his ever-shifting musical directions over the course of the early 60's. his perfected "sheets of sound" multi-chord attack is well presented here, as well as alot of the droning aspects that he would later continue to develop. it's wonderful to hear these sort of explorations worked up live. most of the sound quality to these recordings is great, there are a few loose edges where the tape fades and a bit of roughness at times, but i actually find that aspect to be rather appealing. it adds an interesting depth to the atmosphere of the listening experience. but like i said, most of the sound is great. there are 32 tracks on these 7 discs and it's hard to pick out standouts because it is entirely brilliant. since amazon doesn't list the tracks for this, i'll do it for you.

disc 1: impressions/my favorite things/blue train/naima/impressions/my favorite thing

disc 2: mr. p.c./miles' mode/my favorite things/norman granz introduction/bye bye blackbird//the inch worm/ev'ry time we say goodbye

disc 3: mr. p.c./my favorite things/the inch worm/mr. p.c./naima

disc 4: traneing in/bye bye blackbird/impressions/swedish introduction/traneing in/mr. p.c.

disc 5: naima/the promise/spiritual/impressions/i want to talk about you/my favorite things

disc 6: mr. p.c./lonnie's lament/naima/chasin' the trane/my favorite things

disc 7: afro blue/cousin mary/i want to talk about you/impressions

the packaging on this release is unfortunately, nothing special. basic cd jewel cases with minimal design and a booklet that is average. some good photos...but nothing extraordinary. but that's ok, i guess. it's the music that will move you...and what sweet beautiful music it is.
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