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John Coltrane Quartet - Crescent (1964/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane Quartet
Title: Crescent
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modal, Post Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse! | The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1964/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:29
Recorded: April 27 and June 1, 1964 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


John Coltrane's 1964 album Crescent features his classic quartet of McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on double bass and powerhouse drummer Elvin Jones. This acclaimed set of five Coltrane originals paved the way for Coltrane's next recording, the landmark A Love Supreme.
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John Coltrane Quartet - Coltrane (1962/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane Quartet
Title: Coltrane
Genre: Jazz, Modal, Post Bop, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse! | The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1962/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:39:58
Recorded: #1,2 - June 19, #3 - April 11; #4 - June 29; #5 - June 20, 1962 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Considered by many to be his finest single album, Coltrane finds John Coltrane displaying all of the exciting elements that sparked brilliance and allowed his fully formed instrumental voice to shine through in the most illuminating manner. On tenor saxophone, he's simply masterful, offering the burgeoning sheets of sound philosophy into endless weavings of melodic and tuneful displays of inventive, thoughtful, driven phrases. Coltrane also plays a bit of soprano saxophone as a primer for his more exploratory work to follow. Meanwhile, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and especially the stellar McCoy Tyner have integrated their passionate dynamics into the inner whole of the quartet. The result is a most focused effort, a relatively popular session to both his fans or latecomers, with five selections that are brilliantly conceived and rendered. "Out of This World," at over 14 minutes in modal trim, is a powerful statement, stretched over Tyner's marvelous and deft chords, the churning rhythms conjured by Jones, and the vocal style Coltrane utilizes as he circles the wagons on this classic melody, including a nifty key change. "Tunji" is a mysterious, easily rendered piece in 4/4 which speaks to the spiritual path Coltrane tred, a bit riled up at times while Tyner remains serene. Hard bop is still in the back of their collective minds during "Miles' Mode," a sliver of a melody that jumps into jam mode in a free-for-all blowing session, while the converse is to be found in Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes," the quintessential ballad and impressive here for the way Coltrane's holds notes, emotion, and expressive intellectuality. On soprano you can tell Coltrane is close to taking complete control of his newly found voicings, as a playful, jaunty "The Inch Worm" in 3/4 time is only slightly strained, but in which he finds complete communion with the others. Even more than any platitudes one can heap on this extraordinary recording, it historically falls between the albums Olé Coltrane and Impressions -- completing a triad of studio efforts that are as definitive as anything Coltrane ever produced, and highly representative of him in his prime. --AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos
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John Coltrane - The John Coltrane Quartet Plays (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: The John Coltrane Quartet Plays
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modal Music, Post Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse! | The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1965/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:53
Recorded: February 18 (#3), May 17 (#1,2,4) at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

One of the turning points in the career of John Coltrane came in 1965. The great saxophonist, whose playing was always very explorative and searching, crossed the line into atonality during that year, playing very free improvisations (after stating quick throwaway themes) that were full of passion and fury. This particular studio album has two standards (a stirring "Chim Chim Cheree" and "Nature Boy") along with two recent Coltrane originals ("Brazilia" and "Song of Praise"). Art Davis plays the second bass on "Nature Boy," but otherwise this set (a perfect introduction for listeners to Coltrane's last period) features the classic quartet comprised of the leader, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones. --AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
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John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard Again! (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: Coltrane Live At The Village Vanguard Again!
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse! | The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:41:40
Recorded: May 28, 1966, Village Vanguard, New York City

John Coltrane returns to the Village Vanguard – but his sound here is a lot more far-reaching than a few years before! The album's a great counterpart to the first Vanguard session – as it takes all of the bold, soaring energy of that date, and balances it with the newly introspective sound of the later Coltrane years – plus some of the freedoms learned from the Love Supreme era. The group here showcases the new territory explored by Coltrane – with Trane himself on tenor, soprano, and a bit of bass clarinet (echoing earlier Dolphy), plus Pharoah Sanders on additional tenor, Alice Coltrane on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Rasheid Ali on drums. The album only features 2 long tracks – an incredibly soulful version of "Naima", and a very firey version of "My Favorite Things", but one that begins with a haunting bass solo by Garrison!
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John Coltrane - Coltrane 'Live' At The Village Vanguard (1962/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: Coltrane 'Live' At The Village Vanguard
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse! | The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1962/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:36:41
Recorded: November 2,3 1961, Village Vanguard, New York City


This set documents the four-night stand by John Coltrane (sax) and his quintet at the Village Vanguard in New York City, November 1 -- 5, 1961. Although these are not newly discovered tapes -- as the majority of the selections have turned up on no less than five separate releases -- their restoration is significant in assessing motifs in Coltrane's [read: multi-show] live appearances. Coltrane is accompanied by an all-star ensemble of Eric Dolphy (alto sax/bass clarinet), Garvin Bushell (oboe/contrabassoon), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (oud), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Reggie Workman (bass), Elvin Jones (drums), and Roy Haynes (drums). Their presence is as equally vital as Coltrane's -- inspiring as well as informing the dimensions of improvisation. With the knowledge that the entire run was being documented to create some sort of retail document, Coltrane chose nine specific compositions to concentrate on. The choice of material likewise had a tremendous impact on the personnel of the band -- evidenced by Bushnell's contributions during "Spiritual" and Abdul-Malik's within the context of the extended "India." Each set bears its own distinctive shading and emphasis. Parties wishing to hear the run in its entirety are encouraged to check out the multi-disc Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (1997) as there are multiple takes of the same songs. This allows even the most unsophisticated jazz consumer the opportunity to note the difference in the various versions, while contrasting the player's widely diverse performance styles. The highly recommended box set also includes a nine-panel fold out poster, 48-page liner notes booklet -- with a complete discography for the included material -- and other ephemera, such as rarely published photographs. --AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer
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John Coltrane - Impressions (1963/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane Quartet
Title: Impressions
Genre: Jazz, Modal, Avant-Garde Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse! | The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1963/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:36:43
Recorded: #1,3 - November 5, 1961 at Village Vanguard, New York City; #2 - September 18, 1962, #4 - April 29, 1963 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


Impressions contains two studio tracks paired with two live songs left over from the same November 1961 recordings that yielded John Coltrane's very successful Live At The Village Vanguard. There was too much material for one LP so the music had to be divided up, with this second album coming a year after the first. Coltrane expanded his usual lineup for the Village Vanguard performances with the addition of Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, which opened up new opportunities for the front line. All About Jazz ranked the set of Village Vanguard recordings at number two on its list of the 10 best live jazz albums.
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John Coltrane - Coltrane Live at Birdland (1964/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: Coltrane Live at Birdland
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse! | The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1964/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:39:07
Recorded: October 8, 1963 (#1-3) at Birdland, New York City; November 18, 1963 (#4-5) at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


Released in 1964, this John Coltrane hybrid mixes three concert tracks with two studio pieces, one of which is the famous tribute Alabama. The live tunes come from an October 1963 show at Birdland in New York City while the two studio songs were recorded the following month. Even though not entirely live, the album was ranked at number seven on the All About Jazz list of the 10 best live jazz recordings.
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John Coltrane - Ascension (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: Ascension
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse! | The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1965/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:19:17
Recorded: June 28, 1965 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Ascension is the single recording that placed John Coltrane firmly into the avant-garde. Whereas, prior to 1965, Coltrane could be heard playing in an avant vein with stretched-out solos, atonality, and a seemingly free design to the beat, Ascension throws most rules right out the window with complete freedom from the groove and strikingly abrasive sheets of horn interplay. Recorded with three tenors (Trane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp), two altos (Marion Brown, John Tchicai), two trumpet players (Freddie Hubbard, Dewey Johnson), two bassists (Art Davis, Jimmy Garrison), the lone McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on the drums, this large group is both relentless and soulful simultaneously. While there are segments where the ensemble plays discordant and abrasive skronks, these are usually segues into intriguing blues-based solos from each member. The comparison that is immediately realized is Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz of five years previous. However, it should be known that Ascension certainly carries its own weight, and in a strange sense makes Coleman's foray a passive adventure -- mostly due to an updated sonic quality (à la Bob Thiele) and also Trane's greater sense of passionate spiritualism. Timed at around 40 minutes, this can be a difficult listen at first, but with a patient ear and an appreciation for the finer things in life, the reward is a greater understanding of the personal path that the artist was on at that particular time in his development. Coltrane was always on an unceasing mission for personal expansion through the mouthpiece of his horn, but by the time of this recording he had begun to reach the level of "elder statesman" and to find other voices (Shepp, Sanders, and Marion Brown) to propel and expand his sounds and emotions. Therefore, Ascension reflects more of an event rather than just a jazz record and should be sought out by either experienced jazz appreciators or other open-minded listeners, but not by unsuspecting bystanders. --AllMusic Review by Sam Samuelson
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