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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Impulse!
  • ASIN: B0018RWD5O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Recorded shortly before Love Supreme this album is just sublime. Coltrane exudes passion but never lets down his guard. The album feels as good as A Kind of Blue and because of Love Supreme it is often overlooked. Buy it - you'll not regret it!
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This is one of my favourite studio albums by the John Coltrane quartet and, in some ways, preferable to his famous 'A Love Supreme' which was recorded a few months later.

Coltrane is in a melancholy and meditative mood and his tenor sounds majestic on the profound 'Wise One'. 'Lonnie's Lament' is a lyrical and haunting piece, while 'The Drum Thing' is a fascinating feature for the astonishingly polyrhythmic Elvin Jones.

All in all, a deeply moving album by this beautifully integrated quartet and 'Crescent' is an essential CD for anyone who has 'A Love Supreme' in their collection.
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This CD was recorded within months of the more celebrated "A Love Supreme" and, because of this fact , remained over-looked at the time. Clearly the classic Quartet had reached it's zenith around this time and it is my contention that as good as the more famous record is, this is, in fact, the superior effort.
Part of my reasoning stems from the fact the "A Love Supreme" ends of any anti-climax (even if you believe that the solo is an "instrumental" incantation of the poem enclosed within the album sleeve) especially after the barn-storming central movements. "Crescent" leaves you wanting more and has a more varied programme including the atmospheric "The drum thing", the soon to be jazz standard "Lonnie's Lament" and the terrific "Bessie's Blues." On top of this, the album includes "Wise One", perhaps the apogee of Coltrane's playing on record.
"Crescent" eschews the rather dated spritual trappings that slightly mars "A Love Supreme" for me and consequently is much better for this. If this record contained "Wise One" alone, it would be worth while buying. Since the disc is a model of consistency through-out, it must be considered an essential purchase in the same league as other 'Trane classics such as "Giant Steps." One of the most under-rated jazz albums from the 1960's.
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John Coltrane recorded only two albums during 1964: the iconic A Love Supreme and Crescent, assembled from two recording sessions during the spring and summer of that year. Whilst the plaudits have so often been directed at the former - indeed, the story of its creation has even been turned into a book - it is perhaps Crescent that remains the most fascinating of all Coltrane's albums. It is also one that stands almost apart from the rest of his discography. So what makes it so special and why is it so often cited as his best by legions of hard core Trane followers?

The answers are many: first of all, the album radiates its own unique atmosphere - serene yet questing - with Coltrane's knotty solos breaking down into what sounds like a private dialogue with himself. Never before had his playing so dispensed with convention. At times on Wise One and the titles track its as if he's pushing jazz through his own personal cipher, so removed is it from the dominant practices of his previous work. The albums mood of melancholy is also superbly captured by Rudy Van Gelder's engineering. The tone Coltrane employs here is also darker and more closed than that on his recordings from the previous two years (during which he was alleged to have suffered from mouthpiece problems) adding to the elegiac ambience.

However, the reason Crescent makes its impact is far subtler: the previous three years had seen him mining the concept of modal jazz in a way that had become defining - Afro Blue, My Favourite Things, The Inch Worm, Tunji, Impressions, The Promise each featured lengthy, spiralling solos in which Coltrane took the barest of materials and reconfigured them.
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Crescent by JC is one of the final releases prior to slipping the stays that held the quartet to a recognisable melody and structure and sailing outwards to planet free jazz. So it's on the cusp between lyrical JC and the avant-garde and that's the key to it's success for me. Take the opening, title track - a masterpiece where JC sets out his theme then revisits it in increasingly challenging ways but brings it back to recognisable melody even though you can feel that he probably wanted to bend it further. That's what really delivers - he's right on the edge and resists the urge to jump off. Track 2, Wise One is great as well, a masterly, lyrical and rhythmic piece that really showcases the quartet as a whole. This whole release is superb, really one of the finest jazz records ever.

I first heard this music as an impressionable student 30 years ago and it has insinuated itself into my musical DNA along with my other JC favourite "I Want to Talk About You" (the later versions with the other-worldly tenor solo).

Totally indispensable.
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Well, it seems that I am the first one to review the 2 LP 45 rpm 180 gram vinyl of this superb Coltrane's album and well, I must say that I have been literally blown away by the sound of this ORG reissue. Wow. I have been listening to vinyl for years and although often pleased by the sound of my records is not that often that the sound quality has impressed me as much. This is my first ever 45 rpm album and it definitively has changed my perception of what an audiophile release is. The sound is the cleanest and purest, the instruments separation is amazing, and each instrument is just so clear... I have quite a few of the Wax Time well made and very good value for money recent vinyl reissues but this ORG release is just miles above. No frills packaging but the best possible sound and that is what an audiophile product means. This is expensive indeed, but the skills, love and passion of the engineers and producers of this reissue must really be praised. All in all, most probably this is the best reissue on vinyl of this album currently available. One last thing to add: probably a top cartridge will also make a difference. My Koetsu Jade has never sung so happy...
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