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  • Audio CD (8 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: FreeFactory
  • ASIN: B002689AV4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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During the final years of his life, John Coltrane engaged in an unrelenting quest for the outer boundaries of what could be expressed musically. This cd, taped during Trane's last Newport performance, a year before he died, documents that quest.

This is a privately taped recording, and the sound quality is not exactly great. In comparison, the last live recording (the Olatunji concert of April 1967) sounds like hifi. Jimmy Garrison's bass is almost inaudible throughout and Rashied Ali's drums are little more than a distant rumble. Likewise, Pharoah Sanders' tenor sax is almost totally absent, but that is rather due to cuts in the original.

This cd contains three extended tunes, or at least large portions of them: a very free rendition of "My Favourite Things", followed by "Welcome" and "Leo". Conservative jazz critics present at the concert were horrified. Yet Trane was able to take his music even further. Just compare Newport's "Leo" with the same tune on Trane's last studio recording, Interstellar Space (recorded February, 1967). On that record, Trane is freed of the clutter provided by the other musicians except for the frantically drumming Rashied Ali, and the result is totally free and totally exhilarating.

In summary: an interesting recording for those who want to understand the growth of the man who felt compelled to say everything he could - preferably simultaneously.
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It's Coltrane! It's free jazz! It has "My favorite things"! As one would expect from such a late, 21th century issue of late Trane (from 1966!),
the sound is far from perfect (bootleg is not the wrong word here), but I guess it's still acceptable to most listeners - except for the Hi-Fi purists... The music is powerful and often dissonant,
the band is concentrated and intense, although I would lie if I said my attention didn't wonder off at few occasions. But- free jazz is not really my thing, it's just one of those things I like to take a look at occasionally.
Basically, since the "production values" are not perfect (for instance, I think Sanders is under-recorded at some solos) it would be wrong of me two give it full five stars. Otherwise, as far as I can tell, this is great free jazz music. No wonder Coltrane practiced his heart out - he had to in order to give such performances. The liner notes are OK; historically interesting, with a very strange (practically unedited) Coltrane interview included.

John Coltrane - soprano and tenor sax, percussion
Pharoah Sanders - tenor sax, piccolo percuss.
Alice Coltrane - piano
Jimmy Garrison - bass
Rashied Ali - dm
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8cb88684) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x8dbe2240) out of 5 stars 4 star performance, 2 1/2 star sound quality 10 Jan. 2010
By o dubhthaigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First off, you had better like the free period in Trane's career or you won't get through this. The recording has historical merit in that it documents Coltrane's last appearance at Newport. But it isn't well recorded at all and sadly, that takes considerably away from any consideration of the full dimensions of the band's efforts. This is obviously very much a boot with very little pixie dust sprinkled over it to restore fidelity, any fidelity. There may not be a better or more complete tape of this and if that is the case, more's the pity. They all went for the throat on this concert, but drums, bass and piano have precious little presence or nuance, and it sounds like all that Alice is doing behind Trane and Saunders is comping. The liner notes indicate that My Favourite Things opened with an 8 minute bass solo, but that is gone, and so the editors made the decision to splice a bit of the melody from the end of the iteration to the beginning to get the song off and running on disc. Hopefully Wein has something, anything, in the vaults better than this. As I say, this performance has significant historic merit, but, like the last concert at the Church in Ny that was released a few years back, the tapes are in radical need of sophisticated cleaning up and whatever remastering is possible. If the estate is not up to the task, I'd suggest they contact Robert Fripp at [...]
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eccadd4) out of 5 stars Late Trane 26 Sept. 2009
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's Coltrane! It's free jazz! It has "My favorite things"! As one would expect from such a late, 21th century issue of late Trane (from 1966!),
the sound is far from perfect (bootleg is not the wrong word here), but I guess it's still acceptable to most listeners - except for the Hi-Fi purists... The music is powerful and often dissonant,
the band is concentrated and intense, although I would lie if I said my attention didn't wonder off at few occasions. But- free jazz is not really my thing, it's just one of those things I like to take a look at occasionally.
Basically, since the "production values" are not perfect (for instance, I think Sanders is under-recorded at some solos) it would be wrong of me two give it full five stars. Otherwise, as far as I can tell, this is great free jazz music. No wonder Coltrane practiced his heart out - he had to in order to give such performances. The liner notes are OK; historically interesting, with a very strange (practically unedited) Coltrane interview included.

John Coltrane - soprano and tenor sax, percussion
Pharoah Sanders - tenor sax, piccolo percuss.
Alice Coltrane - piano
Jimmy Garrison - bass
Rashied Ali - dm
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ceff63c) out of 5 stars Poor Sound Recording 5 Mar. 2010
By Jose Mario Serra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I decided to rate this album, just for one reason: the very poor sound quality. Of course I love Trane and almost everything was recorded from him, but this album sounds like an audience recording made by a fan, or even a radio transmission on a rainy day (AM radio - of course). I own more than 60 Conltrane's CDs covering his whole career (sideman and bandleader). If you are thinking on buy this CD, just be aware of its ridiculous sound. It's your decision. To finish: Coltrane was a genious and I never heard nobody blowing like him.
HASH(0x8cb600c0) out of 5 stars Music- 5 Stars. Recording quality- 2 stars. 11 Aug. 2015
By R. Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you do not care for Coltrane's late ("free") period, unsurprisingly, this album will not speak to you. If you do, you will love the music on here.

The musical ideas are, as can be expected, top notch. The biggest problem with the album, however, is the recording quality. Unlike the recent "bootleg" Miles Davis at Newport recordings which have been mastered expertly, this album seems to be mostly untouched. It is very grainy and difficult at times to get past the recording quality. However, even with the poor quality, the music is incredible. Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders are on fire. It is unfortunately very difficult throughout much of the recording to hear the likely fantastic performances of Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison and Rashied Ali but occasionally the shine through as well. My personal favorite song is Welcome where the spiritual nature of Coltrane's playing is most on display and it is a truly beautiful tune.

If one is looking for a late Coltrane live album, I'd probably recommend Offering: Live at Temple University before I would this one but for those really into the music near the end of Coltrane's life, I'd still recommend this album, quality issues and all. I just really hope at some point they issue a re-mastered version of this recording because beneath all the filth of poor recording quality seems to lie a real gem.

Musically I would give 5 stars. Recording quality wise I would give a 2 so they average out to about a 3 (ugh I hate that I am giving a Coltrane album less than 4 stars... please release one with fixed audio quality!)
HASH(0x8cc759fc) out of 5 stars Turn of the Tides 22 Aug. 2010
By Best Of All - Published on Amazon.com
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When John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison and Rashied Ali took to the Newport Jazz Festival stage to close the afternoon show on July 2, 1966, little did they know that their "set" was slated to wrap up after one number so the facility could be cleared for the evening performances. More than one hour later - which 56:04 finds a home on the CD - "Trane" proclaimed to the audience and media members that his spiritual journey through free jazz was here to stay.

An outstanding essay in the booklet (it also includes an excerpt of a 1966 interview with Coltrane) explains the back story on the performance and taping - a "lost" bass solo by Garrison that opened the show and the beginning of "My Favorite Things" not being recorded - which is where the gig is unfortunately altered: "....and we placed a portion of the closing melody at the start to produce a less abrupt start to the CD."

The historical significance makes this a must for collectors, who certainly will not quibble about the sound quality, which is probably as good as it can get - bottom end of very good/good to fair - due to the recording equipment used and the reasons why the tape rolled. But one solid star is deducted due to the splicing on the opening track.
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