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Here it is: eight CDs worth of John Coltrane's classic quartet, comprised of bassist Jimmy Garrison, pianist McCoy Tyner, and drummer Elvin Jones, recorded between December of 1961 and September of 1965 when the artist followed his restless vision and expanded the band before assembling an entirely new one before his death. What transpired over the course of the eight albums and supplementary material used elsewhere is nothing short of a complete transfiguration of one band into another one, from a band that followed the leader into places unknown to one that inspired him and pushed him further. All of this transpired in the span of only three years. The group that the saxophonist had assembled for Coltrane in 1962, a band that had been together a little while and had performed together at the Village Vanguard (the tracks that include the quartet without Eric Dolphy from Impressions are here, and, in fact, the first pieces on the set are from those session dates chronologically) in a variety of settings, is almost nothing like the band that made Kulu Se Mama in 1965. For a change, the oft-employed yet irritating chronological method of compiling a box makes sense here. McCoy Tyner's piano style, that rich open-ended modal chromaticism he developed was at work on "The Inchworm," astonishingly enough the first work recorded in the 1962 studio dates. "Out of This World" was one of the last from that session that would produce the album Coltrane. The blues element that would disappear from later records -- at least consciously -- was the driving force behind ballads like "Soul Eyes" and "After the Rain." But it isn't until the latter end of 1963 that we hear the band beginning to gel into the unit that would make A Love Supreme and create the tracks that would be assembled into First Meditations for Quartet. There are the two alternate takes of "Alabama," and the soprano solo that is positively danced around by the rhythm section on "Dear Old Stockholm." There is also the great schism in Coltrane, much that took place between the June 1964 session that produced "Crescent" (and its first version is on disc eight, which is full of supplementary and unreleased material) and the following December when A Love Supreme was recorded. Here is the hinges in the whole box, the questions that need to be resolved than that this box only begs more than answers: what happened to that tight conscripted modalism Coltrane had been working on in his official releases prior to that time period as many of them hold clues but never give away the entire picture. What the box does in its voluminous way is set the record straight that there was no retrenchment in pursuant releases to A Love Supreme. There were softer moments on record, but the material in the can was far more adventurous recorded at about the same time, such as the "Suite" or "Transition" or "Dusk Dawn." Disc eight is also a treat in that it contains seven "works in progress" from all periods in the quartet's history. It begins with the aforementioned version of "Crescent," which is appreciably different than the master take in Tyner's solo particularly. There's also an incomplete though steaming initial take of "Bessie's Blues." Perhaps the most beautiful thing on the final disc is the alternate take of part II of A Love Supreme's "Resolution," with its elongated obligato by Coltrane and Tyner's gorgeous tenths playing ostinato during the saxophone solo. There's an alternate of "Feelin' Good" that's no big deal, followed by breakdowns and alternate takes of both "Dear Lord" and "Living Space," both of which reveal the harmonic development of a scale as it becomes the architectural model for the rest of the composition and improvisation. There can be no arguing the value of the originally released recordings; whether they were issued during Coltrane's lifetime or after his death, they tell a story that millions of listeners formed their impressions by, true or false, and created a legacy that lives on. But there is also something to be said for setting the record straight, and the chronological approach that this set takes in no way desecrates the integrity of the original albums themselves -- unlike the Ornette Coleman box. Simply put, it is indispensable to those who need a deeper understanding of Coltrane's music and the development of his most influential period. The sound quality is fully remastered to 20-bit technology, and the package is unwieldy but beautiful and sturdy. It's a must.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Greensleeves Single Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:03:44

John Coltrane, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1998 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
It's Easy To Remember Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:02:48

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
The Inch Worm Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:06:18

FRANK LOESSER, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Big Nick Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:04:08

John Coltrane, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Out Of This World Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:14:05

Johnny Mercer, Author - Harold Arlen, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Soul Eyes Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:05:26

John Coltrane, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Mal Waldron, ComposerLyricist - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Miles' Mode Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:07:34

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Tunji Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:06:35

John Coltrane, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Nancy (With The Laughing Face) Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:03:14

Phil Silvers, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
What's New Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:03:47

Robert Haggart, Composer - John Coltrane, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johnny Burke, Author - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Up 'Gainst The Wall Album Version
Elvin Jones
00:03:16

John Coltrane, Composer, MainArtist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Too Young To Go Steady Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:04:24

Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy McHugh, ComposerLyricist - Harold Adamson, ComposerLyricist - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
All Or Nothing At All Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:03:38

Arthur Altman, Composer - Jack Lawrence, Author - Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
I Wish I Knew Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:04:51

Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
You Don't Know What Love Is Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:05:14

Gene DePaul, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Don Raye, ComposerLyricist - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Say It (Over And Over Again) Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:04:17

FRANK LOESSER, Author - Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy McHugh, Composer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Vilia Live - Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:04:38

Franz Lehár, Composer - John Coltrane, ComposerLyricist - Michael Cuscuna, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
After The Rain Album Version
John Coltrane
00:04:13

John Coltrane, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Dear Old Stockholm Album Version
John Coltrane
00:10:44

John Coltrane, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Your Lady Live At Birdland
John Coltrane
00:06:41

John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Alabama Live
John Coltrane
00:05:09

John Coltrane, Producer, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1963 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Lonnie's Lament Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:11:46

John Coltrane, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1964 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
The Drum Thing Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:07:24

John Coltrane, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1964 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Wise One Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:09:01

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1964 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Crescent Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:08:43

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1964 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Bessie's Blues Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:03:35

John Coltrane, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
A Love Supreme, Pt. I – Acknowledgement Album Version
McCoy Tyner
00:07:47

John Coltrane, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution Album Version
John Coltrane
00:07:23

John Coltrane, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance Album Version
John Coltrane
00:10:44

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm Album Version
John Coltrane
00:07:06

John Coltrane, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Nature Boy First Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:07:04

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - EDEN AHBEZ, ComposerLyricist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Nature Boy Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:08:02

John Coltrane, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - EDEN AHBEZ, ComposerLyricist - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Feelin' Good Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:06:23

Anthony Newley, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Bricusse, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1997 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Chim Chim Cheree Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:06:56

John Coltrane, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert B. Sherman, ComposerLyricist - Bob Thiele, Producer - Richard M. Sherman, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist - R. And R. Sherman, Composer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 4

1
Brazilia Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:12:54

John Coltrane, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Song Of Praise Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:09:48

John Coltrane, Composer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
After The Crescent Album Version
John Coltrane
00:13:37

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Dear Lord Album Version
John Coltrane
00:05:34

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
One Down, One Up Album Version
John Coltrane
00:15:28

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Welcome Album Version
John Coltrane
00:05:25

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
The Last Blues Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:04:23

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Participant - McCoy Tyner, Participant - Elvin Jones, Participant - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 5

1
Untitled Original 90314 Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:14:47

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Participant - McCoy Tyner, Participant - Elvin Jones, Participant - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Transition Album Version
John Coltrane
00:15:30

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Suite Album Version
John Coltrane
00:21:19

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Living Space Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:10:24

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Participant - McCoy Tyner, Participant - Elvin Jones, Participant - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1978 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Dusk Dawn Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:10:48

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Participant - McCoy Tyner, Participant - Elvin Jones, Participant - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 6

1
Vigil Album Version
John Coltrane
00:09:51

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Untitled Original 90320 Album Version
John Coltrane Quartet
00:10:48

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Garrison, Participant - McCoy Tyner, Participant - Elvin Jones, Participant - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer - John Coltrane Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Dearly Beloved Album Version
00:06:29

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Attaining Album Version
00:11:27

John Coltrane, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Here it is: eight CDs worth of John Coltrane's classic quartet, comprised of bassist Jimmy Garrison, pianist McCoy Tyner, and drummer Elvin Jones, recorded between December of 1961 and September of 1965 when the artist followed his restless vision and expanded the band before assembling an entirely new one before his death. What transpired over the course of the eight albums and supplementary material used elsewhere is nothing short of a complete transfiguration of one band into another one, from a band that followed the leader into places unknown to one that inspired him and pushed him further. All of this transpired in the span of only three years. The group that the saxophonist had assembled for Coltrane in 1962, a band that had been together a little while and had performed together at the Village Vanguard (the tracks that include the quartet without Eric Dolphy from Impressions are here, and, in fact, the first pieces on the set are from those session dates chronologically) in a variety of settings, is almost nothing like the band that made Kulu Se Mama in 1965. For a change, the oft-employed yet irritating chronological method of compiling a box makes sense here. McCoy Tyner's piano style, that rich open-ended modal chromaticism he developed was at work on "The Inchworm," astonishingly enough the first work recorded in the 1962 studio dates. "Out of This World" was one of the last from that session that would produce the album Coltrane. The blues element that would disappear from later records -- at least consciously -- was the driving force behind ballads like "Soul Eyes" and "After the Rain." But it isn't until the latter end of 1963 that we hear the band beginning to gel into the unit that would make A Love Supreme and create the tracks that would be assembled into First Meditations for Quartet. There are the two alternate takes of "Alabama," and the soprano solo that is positively danced around by the rhythm section on "Dear Old Stockholm." There is also the great schism in Coltrane, much that took place between the June 1964 session that produced "Crescent" (and its first version is on disc eight, which is full of supplementary and unreleased material) and the following December when A Love Supreme was recorded. Here is the hinges in the whole box, the questions that need to be resolved than that this box only begs more than answers: what happened to that tight conscripted modalism Coltrane had been working on in his official releases prior to that time period as many of them hold clues but never give away the entire picture. What the box does in its voluminous way is set the record straight that there was no retrenchment in pursuant releases to A Love Supreme. There were softer moments on record, but the material in the can was far more adventurous recorded at about the same time, such as the "Suite" or "Transition" or "Dusk Dawn." Disc eight is also a treat in that it contains seven "works in progress" from all periods in the quartet's history. It begins with the aforementioned version of "Crescent," which is appreciably different than the master take in Tyner's solo particularly. There's also an incomplete though steaming initial take of "Bessie's Blues." Perhaps the most beautiful thing on the final disc is the alternate take of part II of A Love Supreme's "Resolution," with its elongated obligato by Coltrane and Tyner's gorgeous tenths playing ostinato during the saxophone solo. There's an alternate of "Feelin' Good" that's no big deal, followed by breakdowns and alternate takes of both "Dear Lord" and "Living Space," both of which reveal the harmonic development of a scale as it becomes the architectural model for the rest of the composition and improvisation. There can be no arguing the value of the originally released recordings; whether they were issued during Coltrane's lifetime or after his death, they tell a story that millions of listeners formed their impressions by, true or false, and created a legacy that lives on. But there is also something to be said for setting the record straight, and the chronological approach that this set takes in no way desecrates the integrity of the original albums themselves -- unlike the Ornette Coleman box. Simply put, it is indispensable to those who need a deeper understanding of Coltrane's music and the development of his most influential period. The sound quality is fully remastered to 20-bit technology, and the package is unwieldy but beautiful and sturdy. It's a must.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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Snowy scenes, big expanses, beautiful nature everywhere… Scandinavia is often described by the same old clichés. Jazz is no exception. We tend to talk about Scandi jazz like it’s one big genre. Though each country has its own distinct style; Denmark’s scene rivals traditional North American jazz, Norway tends to get experimental and Sweden treads the line between the two. Nordic musicians have been adding their own unique touch to the genre since the 70s and the younger generation continue to sculpt its future. Here, we zoom in on Scandinavian jazz in 10 albums, offering a glimpse into a discography that’s as wide as a fjord.

The Stylish Henry Mancini

Sophistication, humour, sensitivity… These are the words that often come to mind when describing Henry Mancini’s music. 23 years after his death, he is still seen as a major and influential pop composer. No doubt because, in addition to his glossy and light works for which he is renowned (notably Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Pink Panther), he also knew how to display the complexity of his musical language in more tormented compositions.

The New British Jazz Scene in 10 Albums

Hard bop, hip hop, free jazz, groove, electro, calypso, experimental or Caribbean: the key players of the new British jazz scene are open to everything. They know their classics like the back of their hands though they certainly don’t hold back from exploring all kinds of genres, making for a wonderfully eclectic sound. Here we look back over ten essential albums.

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