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The John Coltrane Quartet Plays (International)
 
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The John Coltrane Quartet Plays (International)

20 Mar. 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1997
  • Release Date: 20 Mar. 1999
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 GRP Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 59:28
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  • ASIN: B001KUA92I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,185 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2014
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If you are the sort of Coltrane lover that has albums like `Ole', `Blue Train' and `Ballads' in their collection and are wanting to investigate the more exploratory elements of the great man's work post `A Love Supreme', then `..Plays...' is a very exciting place from which to begin your journey.The music is starting to go 'out' but it is still accessible.

Released in 1965 `...Plays...'finds Coltrane in his usual small group setting working his way around an appealing variety of show tunes and originals. Despite the length of the tracks (the majority are well over six minutes long) there is never a feeling of indulgence or tiresome repetition. Highlights to listen out for? the bass intro to `Song of Praise') and the beautiful melodic statements on tracks like `Nature Boy' and `Brazillia' to name but a few. Of course Coltrane plays many a beautiful solo on this album. Sometimes fierce, sometimes gentle and considered but always with a warm thick tone and assurance.

`...Plays...' is worth any jazz lovers time. Recommended.
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The records that John Coltrane made for Impulse continue to fascinate and they rarely disappoint. "Plays" is probably one of the most obscure of the bunch and I had long since been put off by the fact that it included an unlikely version of " Chim chim cheree" from the then contemporary film "Mary Poppins." This track is probably the weakest of the bunch, the tune reduced to a two-chord vamp and played on soprano rather in the fashion of the more celebrated "My favourite things." There is an impression that Impulse were looking towards replicating the success of the tune from "Sound of music" but I would rather believe that this was a tart riposte to the saccharine musicals of the 1960s - Coltrane giving the show tunes of the day the bird, if you like. It is an Ok performance yet the following track "Brazilia" opens with a cadenza which promise magic from the off and raises the music up several notches. For me, this is one of Coltrane's best efforts in the recording studio with the tenor-saxophonist producing one idea after another in a stream of consciousness that was working at a level beyond most of his contemporaries at the time. A lengthy track, it never flags and is jaw-droppingly brilliant.

The third track offers a chance to see where the Quartet was heading at this point. "Nature Boy" always seems an exotic and slightly melancholy tune. On this record, the quartet is augmented by Art Davis' bass and the structure of the tune is jettisoned after the tune with the improvisation basing itself on the opening D minor chord.
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This overlooked studio album was recorded a few months after 'A Love Supreme' on February 17/18, 1965 & May 17, 1965 with John Coltrane(tenor & soprano sax); McCoy Tyner(piano); Jimmy Garrison(bass); Elvin Jones(drums) & Art Davis(bass) on some tracks.
Along with two Coltrane originals, 'Brazilia' and 'Song of Praise', are impressive versions of 'Nature Boy'; the Leslie Bricusse-Anthony Newley show-tune 'Feelin' Good' and 'Chim Chim Cheree' from Mary Poppins which is a soprano outing for Coltrane.
This 1997 remastered edition also includes a bonus version of 'Nature Boy' recorded live at The Village Gate' on March 28, 1965.
All in all, 'The John Coltrane Quartet Plays' contains an hour of passionate, spiritual and exploratory jazz which should be heard by anyone who appreciated 'A Love Supreme'
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As someone says below, this is slightly "out there" but only occasionally and not too avant garde. I'd put it alongside Ole, A Love Supreme, Crescent, Coltranesounds in terms of the type of music being made. Not as straightforward as Blue Train (which I also love) but not like the later free jazz stuff which I struggle with.
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I have had 'A Love Supreme' on CD for many years. but always found the sound quality a bit lacking. This was recorded around the same time. It has that same 'spiritual' feel, but it is like they are in the same room!
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