- Audio CD (25 Aug. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Live
- Label: Resonance Records
- ASIN: B00JDB4N46
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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'Offering: Live At Temple University' documents a legendary concert by John Coltrane at Temple University in his hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 11, 1966, six weeks after his fortieth birthday and nine months before his untimely death.
'Offering', available in a deluxe format 2-CD digipack, incorporates a look that is contiguous with the graphic identity of Impulse! Records, Coltrane's exclusive label from 1961 until the end of his life. This is the first officially sanctioned release of an undiscovered, complete Coltrane performance since 2005.
It captures Coltrane in exemplary form, navigating the language he had developed during the last phase of his musical path with passion and pellucid logic. Operating at equivalent levels of invention and energy are three members of his working quintet of one year's standing, his wife, Alice Coltrane, on piano; Pharoah Sanders on reeds and flute; and Rashied Ali on drums.
'Offering' is emblematic of the efflorescent energies and radical ideas that Coltrane himself had much to do with bringing forth during the seven years after 1960, when he left the employ of Miles Davis to pursue his vision as a leader. There are versions of Coltrane's 1960 hits "Naima" and "My Favorite Things", a transformational reworking of the 1964 ballad "Crescent", a spirit-raising rendering of "Leo", which he had recorded on several previous occasions during 1966, and the hymnal "Offering", which he would record on a February 15, 1967 studio session that Impulse! would release during the '90s as 'Spiritual Offering'.
On 'Offering', Resonance Records achieves the highest possible audio quality, using direct transfers of original master reels from a location recording by Temple's WRTI-FM, remastered at 96kHz/24 bit, that were tracked down by Coltrane scholar Yasuhiro Fujioka.
Personnel: John Coltrane (soprano and tenor saxophones, flute and vocals), Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone and piccolo), Alice Coltrane (piano), Sonny Johnson (bass), Rashied Ali (drums)
Additional musicians: Steve Knoblauch, Arnold Joyner (alto saxophone), Umar Ali, Algie DeWitt (conga), Robert Kenyatta (bata drum)
(5 stars) All involved deserve many thanks. In addition to the crystalline sound on the 2-CD set, surprises pop up that'll delight fans. Trane plays tenor, soprano and alto saxophones and flute but also sings - yes, Trane sings! - a rarity. --MOJO, (Michael Simmons), October 2014
(5 stars) Coltrane plays so strongly that you can't fail to be moved. "My Favourite Things" is gut-wrenchingly powerful. --The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), August 24, 2014
(4 stars) It is...the majestic sweep of his conception, the intensity, which some have called spirituality, of these performances and the grand theatre of their presentation that captures the imagination. --Jazzwise, (Stuart Nicholson), September 2014
(4 stars) Fascinating document from one of the 20th century's key musical figures...the great tenor saxophonist in full flight, stretching beyond western tonality, beyond even music, calling forth all the angels of heaven. --The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin), August 29, 2014
(4 stars) The brief vocalising on "Leo", though surprising, sounds perfectly fine in the context of Coltrane's muscular spirituality and Pharoah Sanders' searing energy pushing saxophone technique to extremes. Elsewhere, Rashid Ali's rhythmic patter and pianist Alice Coltrane's platform of calm add buoyant support. --Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), August 23, 2014
Top Customer Reviews
To go into detail about its content would take a lot of words - 'My Favourite Things' yet again shows just how he can create a different version every time he plays this tune. There is so much to be listened too on this double CD set and the recording quality is excellent as well as the cover artwork creating the 'Impulse' feel to the packaging.
My large Jazz collection will benefit by having this added to it. I am now very selective as to what I purchase - with so many re-issues around. Nice to see a new original back on the shelves. Go out and buy now !!
This is not easy listening, and likely to appeal most to hardcore jazz aficionados. 1966 was the last full year of Trane's short life; he wasn't in the best of health at the time, and the passion and desperation comes through in the music.
If you're a devotee of late Trane (post-release of `A Love Supreme') you'll probably find much here to like; if not, probably not. For long stretches we're treated to a screeching cacophony of sound, atonal and discordant, full of anguish and essentially tuneless, the apotheosis of the 1960s avant-garde movement which makes live recorded performances of Miles' later `Bitches Brew' sound mellow and tightly structured in comparison. There are quieter and more reflective sections here such as `Offering' which calm the mood, but these are exceptional.
What of the legendary chest-beating and singing? Reportedly, Trane was studying Buddhism late in life and read about a technique where you beat your chest whilst singing or chanting, and the change in internal frequency connected you to some high inner process. He does this on three occasions during the Temple University concert, each time laying aside the horn and vocalizing directly into the mike for a minute or so. The audience was astonished, and didn't know what to make of it; many reportedly walked out.
The sound is OK for an amateur recording from 1966 but not stellar, with the saxes very clear but the percussion in particular rather muffled.Read more ›
But only buy if you are a fan of late Coltrane and if you are not and want to get into it I would start elsewhere.