Brain juddering. Editors’ Notes NAIMA – From Giant Steps (1960) – See also the lovely, live versions on the Vanguard Recordings. In the intervening decades, the saxophonist’s reputation has suffered not the tiniest decline. The falling refrain in the core riff influenced the Byrds’s Eight Miles High. The drone that sounds beneath the piece satisfies the promises made in the track’s title. Opens image gallery. 1 (Acknowledgement)”), mournful ballads (“Crescent”), and fiery explorations of tunes like “Afro-Blue (Live At Birdland 1963).” Always in search of a new intensity, Coltrane pushed his tone to extremes, but the soulful, lyrical grace of his playing is always present. BLUE TRAIN – From Blue Train (1958) – Surprisingly, Coltrane made just the one recording for Blue Note records. GIANT STEPS – From Giant Steps (1960) – Hard bop styles are revved up to create a busy chord progression that has inspired a hundred improvisations in the succeeding years. MY FAVOURITE THINGS – From The Olatanji Concert: The Last Live Recordings (1967) – This is an unusual selection, but the last extant live recording of My Favourite Things – made just months before the saxophonist’s death – demonstrates quite how deep into abstraction he had passed. But all things considered, The Very Best of John Coltrane can serve as a rewarding introduction to the saxman's Impulse period. The focus of this 74-minute collection is Coltrane's Impulse output -- specifically, modal post-bop that he recorded from 1961-1964. After his tenure with Miles, this saxophonist moved to the Impulse! Please subscribe to sign in to comment. $1.18 + $2.80 shipping . But the intricacies are delicious. This CD would have been better off with "After the Rain," "Miles' Mode," or "India," none of which are included. The version featuring Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, Ahmed Abdul-Malik on tanpura and Garvin Bushell on (probably) cor anglais involves a level of ambition and experimentation that still makes the mind spin. Begins with a crazy fanfare to the heavens and goes on to invite solos from a host of talent including Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp. 2. Because Impulse didn't have access to Coltrane's famous Atlantic recordings of "My Favorite Things" and "Naima," they chose live versions from various Impulse releases -- both of which are excellent, but not essential. MY FAVOURITE THINGS – From My Favourite Things (1960) – To this point the soprano saxophone had, in jazz, been associated almost exclusively with the old-school stylings of Sidney Bechet. 3. In the case of this Pablo release, The Best of John Coltrane is a misleading title because it isn't really a best-of, which would have offered the most essential, well-known recordings that Trane provided for Prestige, Atlantic, or Impulse!, and this album (which first appeared on vinyl in … 1970 The Best of John Coltrane: Atlantic 1970-02-00 The lengthy title track – with its drooping, much-sampled opening – is comfortably the highlight of a solid set featuring the great Lee Morgan on trumpet. The disc doesn't get into the blistering atonal free jazz he embraced from 1965-1967, which is just as well because even though much of that material is brilliant, it isn't for everyone -- at least not novices and casual listeners who are exploring the saxophonist's work for the first time. 1. Moves on to equivocal celebration. (Despite the LP title, Alabama is a studio recording.). 2001 Preview Editors’ Notes After his tenure with Miles, this saxophonist moved to the Impulse! The Music Quiz: What song did the BBC say was 'too depressing' to play? Returns to the lament. Sent from and sold by Global_Deals. Picture Information. Netflix: 10 of the best new shows and films to watch in September, The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben is this week’s Irish Times Eason offer, Hannah Lynch: ‘the most gifted woman Ireland ever produced’, Frequently asked questions about your digital subscription, Specially selected and available only to our subscribers, Exclusive offers, discounts and invitations, Explore the features of your subscription, Carefully curated selections of Irish Times writing, Sign up to get the stories you want delivered to your inbox, An exact digital replica of the printed paper, The best rock and pop gigs to see this week, There are winners and losers in pop’s attention economy, but most acts fall into the latter category, The child jazz prodigy who hates being labelled a prodigy, Declan McKenna: A young man with guitar and something to say, The Dears – Times Infinity Volume Two album review: Still capable of surprises, Chris Merrick Hughes: Serene minimalist music with revelatory quality, The best classical performances to see this week, NYSQ: Sleight of Hand – bringing back that old bop magic. The regretted exclusions were so numerous we don’t even bother listing the runners-up.