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Product details

  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Naima
  2. Crescent

Disc: 2

  1. Leo
  2. Offering
  3. My Favourite Things

Product Description

Product Description

'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)

Review

(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

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Having seen Trane and Pharaoh live several times and the latter at the now long gone 'Slugs' in New York any new release containing both was top of the list. Wow! Was it worth the wait. I have all of Trane's Recordings and to find this rarity is a real bonus for all. Sometimes the Jazz world comes up with some masters, and this has to be top of the list for 2014. It should make Record of the year in many publications.
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 !!
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This recording is in my honest opinion one of the greatest ever jazz releases ever.as important an Miles Davis `Bitches Brew Live` , Charles Mingus at Cornell 1964 ( with Eric Dolphy) , Ok the mix is slightly muddy on occasion but the intensity and passion is unbelievable.
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Trane's concert at Temple University in Philadelphia on 11th November 1966 is the stuff of legend, now finally released officially in this 2-CD package at a premium price.

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.
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ive never been the biggest fan of late era coltrane but maybe my ears have finally been opened. The sound quality is very good- not quite up to modern standards but way way above bootleg quality. Piano and Bass sometimes get lost in the mix but Coltrane is there clear and on fine form. There are moments of tender lyrical beauty then long passage of passionate atonal fire. Still sounds intence nearly 50 years later- quite hard to imagine what listeners would have thought of this at the time. Coltrane even gets involved in some very involved yodalling on a couple of numbers. He was facing death at the time of this recording, but by the sounds of this, was not facing it without a fight. If you like any post Love Supreme era Coltrane you will find a lot to like here. Not for the faint hearted- buy hey- being faint hearted was not what the man was about.
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I had previously heard an earlier release of some of this material and had not been impressed. However Resonance who were involved with this release have a great track record for issuing material, their Cecil Taylor release Nefartiti is brilliant. So as I like Ascension I thought I would give it a go. I am really glad I did as there is some great music on these two discs and given the source of the music i think Resonance have done a good job. I am not a huge fan of vocalising but even if you are resistant to its charms don't let it put you off as there is not a lot on the discs and the rest of the music more than compensates.

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.
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