Started to reassess Coltrane lately. This is brilliant!!! It's a moment in Coltrane's time where, I think, he was at his most accessible. Five pieces, all different, all pure Coltrane. The personnel are right there in all the important ways. I may buy the complete V.V. on the strength of this. Ps. I needed several listens to appreciate these compositions. Impressions mutates with every listen!
This excellent CD by the great saxophonist John Coltrane(1926-1967) features five pieces from his engagement at The Village Vanguard recorded on November 2 & 3, 1961. With Coltrane(tenor & soprano sax) were, on two tracks, Eric Dolphy(bass clarinet); McCoy tyner(piano); Jimmy Garrison and/or Reggie Workman(bass) & Elvin Jones(drums). The music is intense and exploratory on four lengthy Coltrane compositions and the shorter standard 'Softly As In A Morning Sunrise'. Highlights include the Eastern-influenced 'India' with Eric Dolphy's vocalised bass clarinet and the torrential 16-minute 'Chasin' The Trane'. This 65-minute CD is an ideal introduction to Coltrane's 1961 Village Vanguard recordings and, for those who want more, there's a 4-CD box set featuring 22 performances of 9 different tunes. .
the john coltrane quartet live in 1961- captured with his defining quartet here playing timeless music that both amazes with passion,+ energy but with deep spirituality in incredibly tight renditions of established Coltrane tunes+ explorations. extraordinary yet still approachable jazz. stand-out tracks for me include an incredibly intense yet catchy "impressions" also featuring eric dolphy, and stunning renditions of the drone influenced "india" and yes personal favourite slow ballad- "spiritual". the recording also is a marvel also for its age. completely lifelike + captures the incredible synergy of all musicians live and at full impact: coltrane,jones,garrison, mccoy tyner + dolphy lock into tightly performed renditions of arguably Coltrane's best phase (1961-1965) of his illustrious carrer + before he abandoned formal ensemble structures for the free New Thing in his final few years.
the packaging on this gatefold Impulse cd with several atmospheric photos + excellent booklet notes PLUS the two outstanding extra tracks here, make "Live at the Village Vanguard:the Mater Takes" indispensible for all fans of prime time Coltrane + cohorts at the peak of his powers.
when it comes to Coltrane from this period - believe the hype. essential music not just jazz.