Saturday, October 23, 2010

John Coltrane - Alternate Takes

The last release of 'new' material Atlantic was able to get from their Coltrane archives until their Heavyweight Champion box in 1995, Alternate Takes is a 1975 collection of different versions of some of the better-known songs Coltrane recorded for the label.

Given that the tracks in question were culled from the sessions for Giant Steps, Coltrane Jazz, and Coltrane's Sound and truly are some of the saxophonist's most enduring songs from that period, this an interesting if not entirely essential set.

These takes are only available on CD as part of the aforementioned Heavyweight Champion box, though there are many copies of the 1975 vinyl issue floating around.

John Coltrane - Alternate Takes