John Coltrane's overlooked IMPULSE! debut in 1961.,
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This review is from: The Complete Africa / Brass Sessions (Audio CD)
'Africa/Brass' by the great saxophonist John Coltrane(1926-1967) was his debut album for the IMPULSE! label recorded in New Jersey on May 23 & June 4, 1961.
This overlooked 2-CD set is an expanded version with five extra tracks including two alternative takes of 'Africa', one of 'Greensleeves' plus the traditional 'Song of the Underground Railroad' aka 'The Drinking Gourd' and Cal Massey's 'The Damned Don't Cry' all of which remained unissued until the mid-1970s.
The quartet features Coltrane(tenor & soprano sax); McCoy Tyner(piano); Reggie Workman(bass) & Elvin Jones(drums) augmented by a large mainly brass ensemble with minimal but effective arrangements by Coltrane & McCoy Tyner and orchestrations by Eric Dolphy.
Coltrane is in powerful form throughout and this fascinating, enthralling music deserves a place in any serious modern jazz collection.