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5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly one of the best modal jazz records ever, 22 April 2011
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This review is from: Coltrane (Audio CD)
This could very well be my favourite Coltrane album. It might not be as profoundly spiritual as A Love Supreme, doesn't contain a killer title track like Olé does and it's nowhere as fierce as Sun Ship. Of all of his recordings on Impulse, this might be the most balanced and accessible one. It's modal jazz at its finest: engrossing, never hermetic, always soulful, sometimes playful. The musicianship of the entire quartet on these recordings is incredible, as is the choice of compositions. You really can't go wrong with this album. And as disrespectful as it may sound - like Kind Of Blue or Somethin' Else, it's also an album you can easily play as enjoyable background music - though chances are you'll get sucked into it eitherway. Favourite Coltrane album: yes. Favourite jazz album: probably also.
As for the bonus disc: Obviously the best cuts are on the main album, but a great addition nevertheless. No less than four additional versions of Tunji -33 minutes in all- might seem like a stretch, but it isn't. It's such a hypnotising tune I find myself listening to them over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked album from John Coltrane's classic Quartet., 25 April 2012
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This album represents the first studio recordings of John Coltrane's classic Quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones.
The sessions were recorded in April & June, 1962 and the highlights are an intense 'Out of This World', a beautiful version of Mal Waldron's 'Soul Eyes' and Coltrane's soprano feature on Frank Loesser's 'The Inch Worm'. 'Big Nick', dedicated to saxophonist Big Nick Nicholas, was re-recorded by Coltrane for his session with Duke Ellington while 'Up 'Gainst The Wall' from September, 1962 originally appeared on the album 'Impressions'.
This 2CD re-issue of 'Coltrane' includes alternative takes of 'Tunji'(4) and 'Miles' Mode'(1) plus bonus tracks.
All in all, this marvellous album is an ideal introduction to the great saxophonist's classic Quartet and deserves to be better known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Coltrane's most influential albums?, 27 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Coltrane (Audio CD)
The version of this album that I have is just a single disc equivalent to the first of the two provided here, i.e. The original vinyl release. Since disc two seems to be alternate takes I guess it doesn't make much difference to the review.
This album from 1962 preceeds "A love Supreme" by a couple of years but you can see already thar such a great work of art (Supreme) is already in its infancy. The first track, "Out Of This World" especially is very powerful. McCoy Tyner adds a lot to this track.
The whole album is top quality. Until I heard "The Inch Worm"' I didn't realise how much Coltrane had influenced the British saxophonist Tony Kofi.
An important album for Coltrane fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Coltrane's Best, 7 Sept. 2013
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This is one of my favourite John Coltrane albums and contains my all-time favourite Coltrane 'tune' in the 14-minute epic that is Out Of This World (and it is, I can assure you). The album was recorded in 1962 and is the first to feature the classic Coltrane quartet of the great man with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and the inestimable Elvin Jones. The album also features a wonderful, typically soulful Coltrane rendition of Soul Eyes, and a marvellously jaunty version of Frank Loesser's The Inch Worm.

A great follow-up/companion piece to the earlier two outstanding Coltrane albums Ole and Giant Steps, this is a very strong Coltrane offering.
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