Live At The Village Vanguard Again!

March 11, 1997 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 11, 1997
  • Release Date: March 11, 1997
  • Label: Impulse! Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 GRP Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 41:40
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  • ASIN: B000V63AGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,700 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The sound quality is superb!
Terence Parrish
There are lots of Coltrane albums that are my favorite on any given day, but this one is probably the most consistent.
Frank Bock
This music will challenge you to put aside your expectations and your conditioning on what sounds pleasing.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By "glv-jazz" on June 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The 1966 album "Live At The Village Vanguard Again!" is one of the few Coltrane albums that critics really like to pan for some reason. The album features only two songs which are "Naima" and "My Favorite Things", the latter which is actually two tracks because Jim Garrison's bass introduction went a little too long for the entire song to fit on the one side of the LP. Both of these have become staples of Coltrane's catolog. They appear on the "Giant Steps" and "My Favorite Things" albums. One would think that it is just a rehash of old Atlantic sides by looking at the back but by listening to it, the listener is proven wrong. This performance really is more of a free jazz performance and rarely do the performers stick even remotely close to the themes of the songs. Pharoah Sanders usually takes a lot of heat from the critics for his style of playing and it is an aquired taste and not for the strictly traditional jazz listener. He really cuts into both songs with his lenghty solos. Coltrane really playes passionately in this set as well. But be forwarned that one should not play this CD expecting versions of the songs that are closer to the album versions because it just does not happen on this CD. But if you are willing to listen to Coltrane's more expanded work (I recomend you pick up "Live at Birdland" and "A Love Supreme" first before purchasing this one) this is a worthy purchase. It is a wonderful recording and an essential piece from Coltrane's Impulse! recordings.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on October 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you are new to Coltrane don't start here. This is a concert from late in his cut short career and it involves some improvisation that is "free form." There are only two songs and although they are two of Trane's most memorable the performance here strays very far from the original recordings. Pharoah Sanders, a disciple of Coltrane, is the other tenor featured and gets way out there before Coltrane returns a more melodic and recognizeable "Naima." This CD is best listenened to in private or over headphones as I don't know how many people through the years have asked me play something else. The solos can be chaotic(like life) but the energy and strength are inspiring and worth the listen. Like bass? There is a six minute introduction to "My Favorite Things" by Jimmy Garrison that sets up some of the most ferocious playing by Coltrane and Sanders that can be described as a search for the ultimate rendition. The use of no less than four wind instruments by the dueling tenors is intense. They alternate between alto sax and bass clarinet(Coltrane) and tenor sax and flute(Sanders) for some of the most astonishing improvisational work ever recorded. The limits are a bent, stretched and twisted multi-dimensional interpretation of a lyrical song that gets absorbed by the free form improvisation. It is a marathon jam session of remarkable endurance(can you endure listening?) that eventually is brought back to earth to a peaceful conlusion. As a historical musical document this is top notch but the actual performance is not his best live. The earlier Village Vanguard recordings are different and I believe better. This is for hard core Coltrane fans and others should try other CD's for an introduction, unless of course, you like and appreciate high energy improvisation. Check out some of my other Coltrane reviews for recomendations if you are new to Trane.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on April 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Live at The Village Vanguard Again!" from 1966 finds the legendary John Coltrane returning to the famous Jazz club where he made his monumental live album five years earlier. Unlike the 1961 Vanguard release, "..Again!" finds Coltrane not only with a different group of players (bassist Jimmy Garrison being the only holdover) but stretching the music into extremely dissonant and exploritory realms. The addition of second saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders pushes the avant-garde envelope even further.

Despite the album containing only two tracks (and familiar Coltrane classics at that), they are performed in such a way that they become new and different pieces of music altogether. The first track, "Naima" (originally from 1960's "Giant Steps") begins with Coltrane stating the familiar melody before launching into a solo that begins to gravitate as far away from the piece's original structure as possible. Once Sanders takes over with his solo, it becomes an almost 'anything goes' free-for-all. Even when Coltrane returns to take the piece to its close, the mood has already taken a permanent switch from tender to turbulant.

"My Favorite Things" (which runs for 26-minutes here) opens with an astonishing six-minute bass solo from Jimmy Garrison. Here, Garrison explores the outer limits of his instruments using chordal strumming, harmonics and even diving into a Spanish-flamenco style melody. This leads into the piece proper with Coltrane's soprano saxophone out front. After Coltrane states the melody, the music once again shifts into free territory with Sanders performing a ferocious screaming tenor sax lead with embellishments from Coltrane on the flute and bass clarinet.
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