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Complete Concerts France July 1965 (2CD) CD

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  • Audio CD (9 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Gambit
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
This excellent double CD commemorates two concerts the Coltrane Quartet played in France 27 and 28 July 1965.

The July 27 session was at Juan Les Pins, the day after the only live rendition of A Love Supreme, now on Impulse, the other at Salle Pleyel. The quality of the music is extraordinary, and why this is not more generally available and publicised I cannot imagine. It strikes me that Impulse could do what they did with the Love Supreme session and get hold of it for release themselves.

Most amazing is hearing the two live versions of Ascension, played without the help/interference of Pharoah Sanders, but all tracks achieve the heights only Trane could reach.

The packaging by Gambit is excellent, and there are liner notes to provide context. Sound quality is variable, and I find I need to crank up the volume intermittently as the set progresses because the sound fades, meaning I have to be careful what I play afterwards - anything too heavy can bring the house down if I forget to normalise the volume. But the opportunity to hear music so unique is worth the effort.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jornfin on 21 Sept. 2012
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This release features two complete concerts played in France during July 1965. CD 1 was recorded in Antibes (the day after the famous live recording of A Love Supreme was made); CD 2 was recorded in Paris a day later.

CD1 runs for about 60 minutes, featuring a rather straight forward, beautiful 7-minute Naima, a 15-minute quartet version of Ascension, and 20-minute versions of My Favorite Things and Impressions.
The sound quality is good throughout, very good by bootleg standards (meaning it is not as good as the official Impulse! recordings from the Birdland or the Village Vanguard, but as good as most of the European Tours-7 CD box concerts.)
CD2 runs for about 50 minutes, with a 22-minute version of Ascension followed by a 10-minute Afro Blue and a 16-minute Impressions. Unfortunately, the sound quality of this recording is bad enough to ruin it for me. There is plenty of distortion and the volume level keeps sinking and rising.

On most tracks, Trane ventures a lot "further out there" than the band, who play very tightly, keeping the tunes together. One feels that the end was slowly coming into sight for the quartet, but this might in fact have an enhancing effect on the intensity of the music.

Summing up: On the downside, this is effectively a 1 CD release, due to the inferior sound of disc 2. And few of you will need yet another version of My Favorite Things or Impressions. On the upside, disc 1 is one of the best sounding bootleg releases available. And the quartet readings of Ascension, including extensive solos by Tyner, Jones and Trane (trying to, and rather gloriously failing to, recreate the group improvisation sound of the studio recording) make this a must-have for any serious collector of Coltrane's music.
(The booklet is nicely made, though it only mentions Coltrane "on tenor", when in fact he is playing the soprano sax on My Favorite Things and Afro Blue.)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on
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Two discs 62 and 49 minutes each approximately. The sound is close to (but not quite as good) as the LIVE TRANE box set released years ago. The bass is a bit "muddy",but is discernible if you listen closely. The piano can be heard clearly but is pushed slightly back in the mix,along with the drums. The "star" raring is primarily for the rare tracks performed by Coltrane. This set comprises two concerts in Paris,France in July 1965.
After opening announcements,Coltrane (tenor sax) and his group (McCoy Tyner-piano,Jimmy Garrison-bass,and Elvin Jones-drums) launch into "Naima". There is a bit of an edge to this recording which gives it a bit more life,while still retaining that beautiful melody so important to this tune.

But what sets this collection apart from other live sets is that Coltrane (in deference to the audience) performed "Ascension" at each of these two concerts. These are the only known times he played this tune outside of the studio. Previously in discographies these two tracks were listed as "Blue Valse",due to an error by a French broadcaster,who misunderstood the title. These two complete concerts have not been available for quite some time,and it's nice to have them again in good sound. Both versions of "Ascension" are markedly different than the studio version,due primarily because of Pharoah Sanders absence. In the studio Sanders pushed both himself and Coltrane into some then uncharted territory. Heard here,they sound fairly conventional,but are nonetheless good interpretations of the tune. In a quartet setting,Coltrane plays back and forth with the melody and some "outside" playing,but nothing like he would later display in his final era. The first version of "Ascension" then segues into "My Favorite Things",which while beautiful in this rendition of the tune,is nothing out of the ordinary. The final track,which is another lengthy display,is "Impressions",which gives the group room to stretch out in another good interpretation of this well known tune.

The second disc which was recorded the day after the above,starts off with an even lengthier version of "Ascension",and the playing is a bit "harder" in this set. Both Coltrane and Tyner,come out with some fierce playing from the beginning. As always,Elvin Jones' drums are an integral part of the group sound,and here he shows what he does best-playing with fire as he fills in and around both Coltrane and Tyner. The second track, "Afro Blue",is played more in the "free" style that Coltrane was starting to bring into his music. However,it's not as "outside" as his playing eventually would become. The concert wraps up with another version of "Impressions",which is well known but still a treat to hear.

For those who have listened to Coltrane with his various groups,it's well known that this particular group was one of (if not his best) his best groups of any size. This is an important release because these concerts were played back-to-back,and both contain "Ascension" in the set list. This alone makes this set worth putting in the Coltrane "library". For anyone wanting to hear what all the fuss is about Coltrane and this particularly fine "4tet",this would be one of the sets to hear. For anyone who likes this era of Coltrane's sound,pick this up-you won't be disappointed.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great live 1965 Coltrane classic quartet 12 Feb. 2014
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The three concerts performed on consecutive days (the two in this set plus the famous July 26 live version of "A Love Supreme") were perhaps the best 1965 live recordings from this historic group. They capture Coltrane's most renowned group at a critical juncture in his development, just a few weeks after the "Ascension" studio date. The sound quality is very good for the most part, with occasional imperfections, but extremely listenable. As noted elsewhere, these concerts include the only two known live performances of "Ascension", here in a quartet setting. Coltrane's playing is incendiary throughout - these are arguably the highest-energy versions of "Impressions" and "My Favorite Things" of all the recordings of these two staples of Trane's live performances (for "Impressions", these are the last known recordings of this tune listed in "The John Coltrane Reference" by Porter, Wilde, et al).

Most of these tracks have been available on various poorly-documented releases. It is very nice to have the complete concert sets in the original order, with accurate documentation of the dates and locations.

These powerful recordings should be considered by any Coltrane fan who wants to examine the development of Coltrane's playing into his final avant-garde period of 1966-67. They are noticeably more aggressive than his 1962-64 classic quartet work, but maintain the same general approach.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
like all other previously released audio-only presentations of these concerts 3 Sept. 2015
By Doug E. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Regardless of the overall quality of the performances (excellent!) and overall sound (fair), this CD, like all other previously released audio-only presentations of these concerts, is an unlicensed bootleg released without the support or consent of the artist's estate. Trane's son Ravi is in possession of his father's personal tapes, and has been curating a gradual release of official, legal, licensed recordings of previously bootlegged performances: we've already heard the Olatunji concert, the Half Note sessions, the live "A Love Supreme" as part of the deluxe set, and most recently the Temple University concert. Have patience, and wait (and hope!) for these concerts to receive a legal, re-mastered release on Impulse!, and until then avoid this (and all other) theft of royalties from the Coltrane estate.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A MUST HAVE! 22 Nov. 2010
By kOUNT - Published on
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Coltrane lovers get this one! The Leo alone is worth the price!
It's a radio broadcast and the sound quality is great. Enjoy.
The quality of the recording is excellent, the songs very well played as the band ... 2 Mar. 2015
By alco - Published on
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from the master "Trane" this live performance from France is exceptional. The quality of the recording is excellent, the songs very well played as the band is tight and cohesive, and John is truly in Top Form. The music goes from melodic to free form and back but all is extremely well played and this is a very important time n Coltrane's life as he was healthy and transforming from the more standard jazz to his free form progressive & creatively limitless style. Along with the double Love Supreme release, this is a MUST HAVE!
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