Thursday, March 12, 2009

John Coltrane - Live at the Village Vanguard: The Master Takes

Funny how almost 50 years of perspective can make something that was once thought radical seem downright old-timey...from All Music:
"John Coltrane's week at the Village Vanguard in 1961 resulted in a total of 22 recorded versions of nine songs, all of which have been released in the four-CD box The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings. This 1998 single CD has the five performances that the great saxophonist had agreed to have released during his lifetime: three numbers from the original Live at the Village Vanguard LP ("Spiritual," "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise," and "Chasin' the Trane") and two songs that appeared on Impressions (the title cut and "India"). Although branded as "anti-jazz" by John S. Wilson (an attack that was seconded by Leonard Feather), the music is actually quite coherent and would even be thought of as moderately conservative today, particularly "Spiritual" and the boppish rendition of "Softly." Coltrane does stretch out quite a bit on the raging "Chasin' the Trane" and "Impressions," but compared to what he would be playing in 1965, this should not scare anyone away..."
OK, "Chasin' the Trane" is a little out, especially for the time, but man it is so exciting...Some info from Discogs:
1-Spiritual (13:30)
2-Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (6:25)
3-Chasin' The Trane (15:55)
4-India (13:52)
5-Impressions (14:40)

Credits: Bass - Jimmy Garrison (tracks: 3 - 5) , Reggie Workman (tracks: 1 - 2, 4)
Clarinet - Eric Dolphy (tracks: 1, 4)
Drums - Elvin Jones
Piano - McCoy Tyner (tracks: 1 - 2, 4 - 5)
Producer - Bob Thiele
Saxophone - John Coltrane

Notes: Original Sessions produced by Bob Thiele.
Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna.
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded live at The Village Vanguard, New York City on November 2 (#2,3) and November 3 (#1,4,5), 1961.
#1-3 originally issued as 'Live at the Village Vanguard' (Impulse AS-10), #4-5 originally issued on 'Impressions' (Impulse AS-42)."

John Coltrane - Live at the Village Vanguard: The Master Takes