Crescent Original recording remastered
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If your not a fan don't bother this is just pure Coltrane magic, a joy to listen to . Delivered promptly as ordered and then straight in to the player. So well packed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
buy this just for wise one a sublime modal classic, i love the production on this cd,10 out of 10 impulse recordsPublished on 15 Sept. 2013 by windiegardner
It's Coltrane. Of course it's Five stars. Not every one's cup of tea but a classic album for the collection.Published on 31 Jan. 2013 by Colin the Bear
By the time this set was recorded for the Impulse label in 1964 this band had been together a while, but the level of their telepathy was always greater than any amount of time... Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2012 by N. Jones
This 1964 recording by John Coltrane is notable for a number of reasons. It is one of his more introspective and melancholy-sounding collections of music, but, as a consequence... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2012 by Keith M
I first bought this way back in 1968 and it has remained one of my favourite albums by John Coltrane. Turn the lights down and close your eyes. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2012 by Dadio