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Sun Ship

Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B00002597I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sun ShipJohn Coltrane 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dearly BelovedJohn Coltrane 6:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. AmenJohn Coltrane 8:15Album Only
Listen  4. AttainingJohn Coltrane11:26Album Only
Listen  5. AscentJohn Coltrane10:07Album Only

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Adam Ventress VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Coltrane recorded so much music in 1965 that much of it remained unreleased until after his death. Ironically,this album and First Meditations which represent the last recordings of the Classic Quartet are in my opinion the best of the lot and are only superseded by A Love Supreme. The music on Sun Ship finds Coltrane at a transitional stage,moving further towards 'free jazz,' but still with the trademark Quartet sound. Unlike some of Coltrane's later work which could be rambly and unfocused at times,these are all relatively brief pieces,and the playing throughout is diamond sharp and coherent,with the interplay between the members of the Quartet bordering on the telepathic by this stage. Coltrane's own playing is ferocious on the title track and 'Amen,' and rich and majestic on the ballad 'Dearly Beloved,'whilst 'Ascent,' following Jimmy Garrison's long intro is as catchy and accesible as anything Coltrane recorded,a real rollercoaster ride. 'Attaining' is the quietest track on the album, although still awash with waves of rhythm, and is a little reminisent of the 'Crescent' album. All in all this is a great album, despite not being that well known, and is a perfect 'sign off' from the Classic Quartet.Well worth your money if you are a Coltrane fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This little-known album was one of the last studio recordings by saxophonist John Coltrane's classic quartet with McCoy Tyner(piano), Jimmy Garrison(bass) & Elvin Jones(drums) recorded at RCA Studios, New York City on August 26, 1965 but not issued until the early 70s.
All five tracks are Coltrane compositions and the music is mostly intense with calmer moments and an astonishing level of empathy between all four musicians.
Coltrane can be heard briefly, verbally directing the band before the beautiful ballad 'Dearly Beloved'.
Anyone who appreciated 'A Love Supreme' should enjoy the trip on Coltrane's passionate and questing 'Sun Ship'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Ship 18 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A fantastic Cd and I just love it, the postage and packing was good too and I have no complaints at all, would def recommend it to all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 7 Oct 2006
By Tom Pr
Format:Audio CD
Having been into jazz for a good few years I tried listening to Coltrane countless times and never managed to 'get' it. The older records seemed quite boring, while the 'post'-Love Supreme time seemed like really 'weird' stuff. Then I went to see a tribute band and as far as I remember, apart from 'Giant Steps', 'My favourite things' and so on, they covered some of 'Love Supreme' material... This was the first time when his music (paradoxicaly played by others) actually stroke me. A few moths later, by a pure chance, I was given Love Supreme CD and it basically 'ruined' my whole attitude towards jazz music. I became obsessed with Coltrane!!! I know it will sound a bit odd but I find it VERY difficult to listen to anything else now. Other artists and records just sound silly comparing to what Coltrane came up with.

Sun Ship is such a nice piece of art, it is genius. Although it will fully absorb you and will require your complete attention for long time it will be worth it at the end. It is a fantastic album and I would recommend it to every single jazz fan.

Give it a chance, you won't regret!!!
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sun Ship, headed straight for the molten core 9 July 2001
By G B - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Sun Ship is one of my favorite "late" Coltrane albums; this was among the last recordings made by the Classic Quartet, and strikes just the perfect balance between the burning intensity and expressionism of Ascension and the modality of earlier recordings. Coltrane's mastery over the tenor saxophone is complete here, screaming and honking with ferocity as the thundering rhythm section of Tyner and Jones pushes him forward and upward on "Sun Ship" (the agitated, tense theme of this tune is awesome) and "Amen". The prayer-like ballads, "Attaining" and "Dearly Beloved", are just as volcanic. And the closer, "Ascent", features a lengthy (but not over-long) bass solo which sets up Coltrane's entrance perfectly as he proceeds to launch into the stratosphere. This is heady music, and not for the faint at heart; but those who like A Love Supreme will find a lot of touchstones here, and some of the other factors that turn people off from late Coltrane (Pharaoh Sanders, the horn dialogues) are absent. There's just the classic four here, taking the Quartet format as far as it will go. This and the John Coltrane Quartet Plays are perfect intros to this period in Trane's music. Absolutely essential to any Coltrane collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane's Tribute 19 Aug 2005
By Heavy Theta - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This album is often described as transitional, as Coltrane moved from the classic quartet to the undiluted energy music of his final phase. But it's title gives away another important aspect of these sessions. John Coltrane's was hugely influenced by John Gilmore, and even took lessons from the less celebrated virtuoso just as he was setting up the quartet. Gilmore spent his career with Sun Ra, and '65-'66 was the height of the Arkestra's awesome power. It was the time of Gilmore's most adventurous solos, making sounds that only the brilliant Coltrane could hope to emulate. It would not be the first time that Coltrane managed to harness his influences into a uniquely successful vehicle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane at his most powerful 26 Dec 2004
By hedged - Published on
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Although "A Love Supreme" is generally regarded as Coltrane's most emotional album, "Sun Ship" tops it in intensity and passion. The music is volatile, from lush McCoy Tyner passages and Coltrane themes, to Elvin Jones's furious percussion and Coltrane's atonal improvisation. Coltrane's solos on the title track and "Amen" are guaranteed to give you goosebumps, if you "get" his later stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Great Quartet Recording 5 Sep 2001
By Anthony P Robinson - Published on
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There are very few recordings in jazz which have the power and the swing of the first cut: Sun Ship. What is being demonstrated here is the supreme mastery of the rhythm section of the Quartet. At this point it is difficult to comprehend how advanced harmonically was the Quartet; they had redefined the concept of swing but never lost its soul. There are of course other rhythm sections as great but none who took it this far without going over the edge. I have to believe that Hendrix must have heard some of these recordings before he recorded Are You Experienced and Electric Ladyland. Sun Ship is the last great recording of this group and it has not received its due because of the greatness of A Love Supreme, Transition and others. But I think this is a mistake; in some ways their grasp of modality and atonality is more mature, a little tighter than it is on Transition and some of it is more adventurous than A Love Supreme. It was 1965 and American Society was in an uproar. It is a testament to the greatness of these musicians that they not only heard so much of what was going on inside of them but also so much of what was going on outside of them at the same time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that grabs your heart and won't let go 22 Aug 2004
By R. J. Marsella - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is the Coltrane classic quartet at it's absolute best. The music just soars and if you love Coltrane's more experimental sound you cannot afford to miss this. I bought this and had it playing on my car cd and had to pull over and listen. The interplay of the 4 musicians who were at this time so incredibly in synch is astounding. Elvin Jones never sounded better than he does here and McCoy Tyner's piano is beginning to hint at what he would accomplish on his own post=Trane. I cannot recommend this enough. This is one of the high moments in jazz absolute masterpiece.
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