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5.0 out of 5 stars John Coltrane's classic quartet close to its peak., 10 Feb 2012
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Jazzrook (Purbrook , Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live At Birdland (Audio CD)
This was the first album I heard back in the 1960s by the classic quartet of John Coltrane(tenor, soprano sax), McCoy Tyner(piano), Jimmy Garrison(bass) & Elvin Jones(drums). Only the first three tracks were recorded live at Birdland on October 8, 1963, the remaining being studio recordings from the same year. Mongo Santamaria's 'Afro Blue' is a stirring soprano outing for Coltrane who returns to tenor on the beautiful ballad 'I Want To Talk About You' which has a stunning unaccompanied coda. Of the studio tracks the highlight is the sombre and moving 'Alabama' inspired by a bomb outrage at a church in Birmingham. 'Your Lady' is dedicated to Coltrane's wife-to-be Alice McLeod.
'Live at Birdland' still bowls me over almost 50 years later and is an ideal introduction to Trane's wonderful music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Masterpiece" !!, 31 Aug 2010
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Emre Adam (Istanbul, TURKEY) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live At Birdland (Audio CD)
One of the 5 live recordings of all time in my opinion. The last 2 songs however are Van Gelder's studio tracks, but it does not make the album worthless, that the great collaboration (Coltrane,Garrison,Jones and Tyner) are back on the saddle to make us blow out of our minds!

Have the cd but gotta have the lp as soon as possible!
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