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This review is from: The Complete Africa / Brass Sessions (Audio CD)
While this is not quite in the same league as "Live At the Village Vanguard" this is a fantastic example of Impulse sympathetically perfecting Coltrane's discography. The original release of "Africa/Brass" only featured three of the tracks here and, even allowing for the three versions of "Africa" itself and the two of "Greesleeves", "The Complete...Sessions" are just that and excellent value are beautifully packaged. Those who pine for the original (a slightly unbalanced and, well, slight release in my opinion) can program the tracks accordingly.
As for the music, this is a unique example of Coltrane with orchestra although the closest thing sonically is the octet performances at the Village Vanguard a few months later. While Eric Dolphy is credited with conducting the orchestra a number of essayists have, over time, sought to downplace his role. Regardless of attribution and credit, the result is wonderful. Energetic and tight like a quartet but full and textured like an orchestra.
Whether you have the original release or not, this is very highly recommended indeed.