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Live at Birdland [Original recording remastered, Live]

John ColtraneAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 5, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B000003N8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Trane's classic 1963 album, with a rare bonus track from the original sessions and 20-Bit Super Mapped remastering!

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trane Talk June 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album belongs on any short, 5-6 album, list of John Coltrane recordings. It's indispensable if only for John's inspired playing on Billy Eckstein's "I Want to Talk About You" (also, available on the collection "The Gentle Side of John Coltrane." Surprisingly, many of the fans and musicians who rave about "My Favorite Things," "Giant Steps," and "A Love Supreme" are unaware of the stunning, pyrotechnical cadenza Trane played on this version of "I Want to Talk," which is equal to anything by Trane on record. I have a theory--I caught John at Birdland in '63, and his group was playing opposite the Terry Gibbs Quartet, featuring an attractive young pianist by the name of Alice McCleod. She captured not merely his eye and ear but his heart as well. If anyone belongs to the Promethean, Romantic tradition of visionary art, it's John Coltrane. He is jazz' foremost romantic poet, the musical equivalent of the Shelley of "To a Skylark." John was not only talking about love and freedom, he was talking about and to Alice, the soon-to-be Mrs. Coltrane.
As inspired as his playing is on this recording, his performance of the same tune on "Soultrane" is also practically mandatory listening. Billy Eckstein wrote and performed the tune in C. John raised it to E flat, giving it a fresher, more floating quality (Miles had done exactly the same with "On Green Dolphin Street," issuing his first recording in C, his second a minor 3rd up). It's a lovely, simple 32 bar AABA song with unpretentious lyrics (you'll need to acquire the Eckstein version for those). But Trane mines meanings that go far beneath as well as beyond any verbal meanings.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nudging Love Supreme December 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
It is probably too late now to change the tide of jazz opinion, as the 20th century draws to a close. Critics and fans alike have been preaching the glory of Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" for over 30 years, and by now, its "Canonicity" in the Inspired Jazz Lexicon is hardly ever questioned. The only problem with that, is that many other albums of equal or greater glory tend to be shafted. "Live At Birdland" is one such entry. The Coltrane Quartet's creative output between '62-'65 is still unparalleled, and "Birdland" (from '63) captures them at their most cogent - nimbly walking the tightrope between chaos and serenity, between quick blasts of free jazz atonality and more accessible modal structures . From the glorious, pounding mayhem of "Afro Blue" (check your watch... 2 minutes 12 seconds into the cool groove comes an other-worldly scream from Trane that will make your hair stand on end!) to the soothing impressions of "I Want To Talk About You", "Birdland" balances the two extremes better than any other album of the period. For all the hoopla over "Love Supreme", (and most of it deserved) it has no whirlwind surging moments like "The Promise" or chilling reflections like "Alabama". Tight, to the point and urgent, this effort showcases the best of the John Coltrane Quartet's mighty power.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A live recording of incredible power July 22, 2001
By G B
Format:Audio CD
It may not have the overt spirituality of A Love Supreme, but Live at Birdland is one of the greatest recordings by the Classic Quartet. The performances of "Afro Blue" and "I Want to Talk About You", two live staples in this phase of Coltrane's career, are arguably the best on record. "Afro Blue" has an outstanding McCoy Tyner piano solo, while Elvin Jones thunders underneath; and when Trane comes in with that unearthly cry on soprano, Elvin EXPLODES (well, not literally - this isn't Spinal Tap). "I Want to Talk About You" has Trane turning the old Billy Eckstine ballad inside out, and then wrapping the performance up with an unaccompanied coda of sublime intensity. The third live tune, "The Promise", isn't as well known but equals the other two in quality. The album closes out with two more sedate studio tunes; the free-time ballad "Alabama" is a solemn meditation on then-recent church bombings, while "Your Lady" is a melodic romp as the JC Quartet knows best. Finally, there's a bonus track ("Vilia") which is not quite as great as the original album, but who's going to complain about additional material? This is one of the essential John Coltrane albums and not a bad place to start exploring his music.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane v. Fat Freddie May 7, 2006
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This might be my favorite Coltrane record. The disc adds one song not on the lp--Vilia from the operetta "The Merry Widow." I really like it all-especially "I Want To Talk About You" and "Afro-Blue."

Afro Blue is wonderful because Coltrane plays a short introduction and then the rhythm section builds up tension as their playing continues to get more and more intense. Tyner and Jones are wildmen. Then Coltrane rips and tears his way through and soars over the top of the rhythm section for a marvelous cresciendo. The music still stays within some invisible boundary so that listeners turned off by "free jazz" are still satisfied.

When I was in college and we had stereo wars, I remember playing this song incredibly loud with Elvin Jones beating those drums as if his life depended on it. My neighbor, Fat Freddie, was simply playing some forgettable rock song trying to defend against the John Coltrane Qt. It was a lost cause.

Raw power on the hoof. This recording should not be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars John Coltrane at Birdland
I don't think there isn't a Coltrane album I dislike. He is my favorite
saxaphone player, Sonny Rollins would be second. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
If you really want to understand just how brilliant Coltrane's Live At Birdland is, don't listen to it--just yet. Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars PARTLY Essential Trane
I have posted what I hope are at least thoughtful reviews of LIVE TRANE, the "COMPLETE" IMPULSE QUARTET recordings and the COMPLETE 1961 VILLAGE VANGUARD RECORDINGS... Read more
Published on June 3, 2008 by Mark E. Farrington
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of Feverish Emotion: Coltrane at his Best, Live
This album is easily one of the top three greatest albums Coltrane ever produced, and that is saying quite a lot. Read more
Published on September 2, 2007 by Todd M. Stellhorn
5.0 out of 5 stars you need this.
one of my 3 favorite john coltrane albums. this is an incredibly soulful and spiritually moving recording. Read more
Published on February 9, 2007 by fluffy, the human being.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
The title is a bit misleading since only the first three cuts are 'live' recordings.

Make no mistake though:

this entire release is so, so totally LIVE! Read more
Published on January 19, 2006 by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars THE QUARTET
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Of all the reasons I love this album, the one I would say most warrants checking it out is the piano solo on the... Read more
Published on January 9, 2006 by Frank J. Battaglia
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Your Trane Collection
After I had purchased my first dozen or so Coltrane albums, I started looking at his discography and handpicking albums to purchase based on the tracks. Read more
Published on October 19, 2005 by Christopher Calabrese
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECIAL INDEED
Certain albums, or even songs if you will, have special meaning for me. This can be at varying levels,some serving as touchstones in my life with others occupying larger and deeper... Read more
Published on October 11, 2005 by James N. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossibly Stunning at Times..10 stars
Not only was Coltrane in amazing form on this set but McCoy Tyner absolutely sounds like he has 6 hands, particularly on the opening cut Afro Blue. Read more
Published on October 9, 2005 by R. J. Marsella
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