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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000003NA3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In Nov. Of 61, at Greenwich Village's historic Village Vanguard, Coltrane & quartet recorded 22 performances over 4 nights. Now, Impulse releases these gems complete with this 4-CD box set. With a release date that coincides with Coltrane's birthday (9/23), this well-timed package features Trane along with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman and others in 4 1/2 hours of music (including 3 previously unreleased songs). Tracks are 20-bit remastered and come with 48-page 4-color booklet and free poster.

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Coltrane had only recently moved to the Impulse label when producer Bob Thiele decided to set up recording equipment for performances at the Village Vanguard in November 1961. It was a crucial period in Coltrane's artistic development, as his music assumed apocalyptic power and controversy swirled around his expanded band and marathon performances. The band ranges from a trio with bass and drums for the extended tenor workouts such as "Impressions" and "Chasin' the Trane"; to an octet on some versions of "India", where Coltrane's soprano swirls through the throbbing drones and percussion. Among the sidemen are the multi-reed player Eric Dolphy and drummer Elvin Jones, Coltrane's most inspiring partners, while guests include Ahmed Abdul-Malik on tamboura and Garvin Bushell, a veteran of Jelly Roll Morton's bands, on contra-bassoon. There are more than four hours of music here, with multiple versions of core repertoire and almost every instant packed with passion and invention. These are among the greatest recordings of Coltrane's career. --Stuart Broomer

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Yes it is a big claim to actually pick one from all those great live performances Coltrane recorded during his career but this has it all: a fantastic lineup (including Eric Dolphy as well as Trane's standard quartet members McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrrison, Elvin Jones as well as some other guest musicians on percussion etc), great sound (cheers for Rudy Van Gelder and Michael Cuscuna) with the remastering of these sets being so great the listener can actually imagine he/she is in the Village Vanguard just by closing his eyes and concentrating on the sounds captured here, the players are all in great shape and improvise superbly, and finally the set even if it lacks some of the masterpieces Coltrane recorded later (and some earlier standards) gives us the opportunity to listen to different approaches of the same song.
The price is definitely reasonable for 4CDs containing music of this quality, so what are you waiting for? if you are a fan of John Coltrane and of Jazz music this will most certainly be one of the best records in your collection.
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This is a magnificent document of a magical week of music making in November 1961. Of the many boxed sets of Coltrane's work on the Atlantic and Impulse labels, this cannot be bettered overall for focus of output, coherence, performance, sound, aesthetics, liner notes and value for money. While other collections might win on one or more of these criteria, nothing matches this boxed set across the board.

For the uninitiated, this is the record of a 4 night-residency in the legendary Village Vanguard club in New York, six months after Coltrane's last sessions for Atlantic and one month before his first studio recordings for Impulse. The initial Village Vanguard release featured only three of the tracks and while all but 23 of the tracks here have previously been included over the span of five releases, this recording provides the perfect summary of the variety of the music captured by producer Bob Thiele and engineer Rudy van Gelder in contrast to the ballad-dominated recordings of 1962 which commenced Coltrane's time with Impulse.

This was the first occasion that Jimmy Garrison, the last member of the aptly-named "Classic Quartet", played with Coltrane, Tyner and Jones (although always with other players and never as a quartet per se) and indeed, the Village Vanguard Recordings provide a rare if not unique occasion when this quartet's output was enhanced by the addition of other musicians (compare the Quartet and Sextet versions of Meditations and the Quartet and Sextet versions of a Love Supreme). Rather like Stop Making Sense-era Talking Headings, the group swells from one performance of "Chasin' The Trane" (to all intents and purposes a trio of Coltrane, Garrison and Jones to the octet ensembles performing two of the versions of "India".
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There's something about this time and this band that simply put surpasses everything else that was around back then.

The packaging of this box set is of a sturdy thick card outer box with a metal logo on the front and slim card envelopes for the CDs.

There is also a booklet that gives you the background info in great detail, and a small fold-out poster of some of the modern artwork that appears in this box set.

Once again Impulse have released a high quality product, and the music well it's just sublime, just as you would expect from this classic quartet.

A must have for all Coltrane fans.
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Incredible! There is so much music in this 4 disc set. It is perfect to see how Coltrane & Co decided their sets and how the improvisations change. McCoy Tyner is mind blowing.
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