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5.0 out of 5 stars Live with Dolphy in Sweden & superbly mastered sound, 1 Dec 2011
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Neil Mawer (Lincoln, England) - See all my reviews
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This CD is a revelation on several counts, most notably the top notch sound from what was originally a recording by Swedish national radio. Far too much of Coltrane's semi-official releases are poor sound quality european concerts from dodgy copies. This is not, and captures the Classic Quartet Live in Sweden in early 1962 and again in 1963.

The earlier concert features the late, great Eric Dolphy adding alto, bass clarinet & flute to the quartet, and the added colour really reveals Coltrane in a different light. In his late phase Coltrane added bass clarinetists, additional sax players and even tried his own hand at flute, but none of that matches Dolphy's mastery. The superlative versions of Blue Train, Naima & My Favourite Things are amongst the best ever Coltrane, and have the added bonus of none appearing on the "official" Village Vanguard recordings with Dolphy.

The 1963 concert is the quartet only, with McCoy Tyner in particularly excellent form throughout. Its nice to hear a quartet version of Spiritual and a storming version of Trane's prestige blues stomp Traneing In. These tracks nicely complement the official 1963 live albums recorded at Birdland and Newport, only I want to talk about You being duplicated.

So a veritable bargain for the Coltrane fan, and approachable enough for any jazz fan to dip his/her toes in Coltrane for the 1st time. The excellent liner notes by Fred Dellar of the NME only add the cherry to the icing
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best of trane, 30 Jan 2012
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this really is in my opinion the greatest jazz recording ever, the sole exception of course being kind of blue. Trane himself as always will blow you away with his virtuosity and creativity. the same can be said for eric dolphy. his solo on naima is my personal favourite ballad solo, adventurous yet controlled, and exceptionally expressive. mccoy tyner also is consistently on top form as one of the greatest modal pianists ever, perhaps the best. the whole rhythm section seems to have a telepathic connection with coltrane. esseentially, coltrane is my favourite muscian of all time, and this is my favourite trane album
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5.0 out of 5 stars How hot d'you want your cool?, 1 Jun 2003
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C. Nation "chrisnation" (Bristol UK) - See all my reviews
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"Cool" as in "Coltrane Plays It Cool", is a relative term.

What you always get from Coltrane is heat: you never get anything less from him. But that heat, a blast furnace that will melt tungsten on "A Love Supreme", is here a warmth that has you hopping and skipping, like walking on sand in bare feet after a hot, happy day on the beach: you don't mean to dance, but you really have no choice...

Even on a track as temperate as "Spiritual" you know that the thunderstorm playing drums, Elvin Jones, will never stop stoking the fire. On this long, blues track, McCoy Tyner's piano is like a cooling breeze but Jones never lets go. The thunder rolls round the edges. Back comes Coltrane. Can lightening strike twice? When he strikes, things inevitably catch fire. The tempo has nothing to do with it.

It's Coltrane's monumental passion, being delivered via a saxaphone. And that, whatever the title of the album, however lyrical the intro to a track, promises heat. You can't live without it.
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