Newport '63
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Newport '63

July 20, 1993

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Song Title
I Want To Talk About You
My Favorite Things
Chasin' Another Trane

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 20, 1993
  • Release Date: July 20, 1993
  • Label: Impulse! Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1993 GRP Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 56:49
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  • ASIN: B000V6ADSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,172 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated! September 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The album starts with Eckstine's ballad "I Want To Talk About You," where Coltrane plays tenor and ends with soloing alone for a couple of minutes before the band hits the last chord on cue - a common ending of several tunes, like on his version of "Dear Old Stockholm" for example - and it works every time! Great communication within the band, not to speak of the following track which without doubt is the highlight of the album; this is the best version I've ever heard (and perhaps will have ever heard) of "My Favorite Things." It should have gotten and should get as much attention as the work on Blue Train & Giant Steps, regardless of the tune not being Coltrane's own. Extraordinary musicianship. Coltane playes soprano sax throughout. McCoy Tyner's piano really comes through on this track. The whole band (that incidentally consists of Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Roy Haynes on tracks 1 through 3) do a great job! I've listened to the song at least 50 times, and every time I listen I'm amazed at how a band can play a song like this for nearly 18 minutes and keep it interesting every second from beginning to end. I can without doubt say that it's better than the studio version from 1960. Followed by this masterwork is "Impressions," the last track on the album recorded at Newport '63. Perhaps a bolder version than the original recording; The band accompanies Coltrane until his solo "takes off." From there on he plays with only Haynes for 10 minutes.
The album rounds off with a blues; "Chasin' Another Trane" - recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1961 with a different line-up; Reggie Workman on bass, Elvin Jones on drums (credited as Roy Haynes on the CD,) and ERIC DOLPHY on alto sax, but all he playes on the track is a 3 minute solo. Maybe not the best work he has done, but it is Dolphy alright!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Often Overlooked Live Trane February 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I consider this to be one of the finest live Coltrane recordings out there. It was also one of the first Coltrane albums I picked up, and it was a fantastic gateway to some of his more abstract live recordings on followup releases like LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD AGAIN and LIVE IN JAPAN. This is much more similar to AFRO BLUE IMPRESSIONS which is another overlooked release. By this point in time, Trane had already done some work with Eric Dolphy and his playing was growing in a much more abstract direction as we would hear on A LOVE SUPREME just one year later.

One of the reasons why this disc is overlooked is because Elvin Jones is replaced by Roy Haynes, while Jones was serving some jail time. The absence of Jones is noticeable but I still think this is worthy of five stars. The first 3 tracks are from the Newport Jazz Festival and in addition to Haynes and Trane, we have the remaining quartet members, McCoy Tyner (piano) and Jimmy Garrison (bass). Tyner is especially amazing on 'My Favorite Things' which I consider the best version of that piece in Trane's entire catalogue. I consider it to be a bridge to some of his later recordings. This is because we get Trane's two sides. First of all there is great tone and lyricism in the first part of the piece. However, the song still goes on for 17 minutes and the interplay between Tyner and Haynes for much of it is amazing.

Rounding out the performance is Billy Eckstine's 'I Want to Talk About You' with a mesmerizing credenza which is a staple of Trane's technique, followed by a 15 minute version of 'Impressions.' Again we hear Trane's two sides. On one hand we hear where he is COMING from. which is the confines of other jazz gods like Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best May 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love this period in Coltrane's playing more than any other, i think, and this performance displays his classic quartet at its best. Coltrane, begining to expand upon his already beautiful modal improvisation with freer style and greater use of tremolo effects, is forceful as always. McCoy Tyner, displaying his amazing improvisational abilities, helps the music along by adding his forceful yet elegant style in ways that help the other players. Jimmy Garrison displays, as he always does, that he was one of the greatest bassists. Perhaps only Roy Hanes (Elvin Jones was not availablt to play this concert) is lacking in any way, but even he shows his energetic and skillful playing. This performance is, in my eyes, wholly underrated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-dropping "Things" June 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
My original LP copy of this album is called "My Favorite Things," and appropriately so. One whole side of the record consisted of this absolutely unbelievable, 20-minute version of Trane's signature tune, which, to my mind, he never surpassed on any other recording.
It's hard to convey the power of his style in this period without referring to the cliches--cascades or "sheets" of sound--but anyone who was heard his other recordings of this time can imagine whatever they've heard there, only more liberated and intense (which is saying a lot), and they'll get an idea of the frenetic energy and dazzling virtuosity of his "My Favorite Things." Even "A Love Supreme" sounds controlled compared to Trane's blowing on the title track (of the LP, that is). He begins by faithfully announcing the classic melody from "The Sound of Music" in the nasal wail of his soprano saxophone, but soon completely deconstructs the tune (similar to Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner") and builds an increasingly complex wave of notes that seems completely dissonant at first, but eventually melts into one big "sheet" of gorgeous, breathtaking music.
Indeed, this is an essential Trane album, right up there with "A Love Supreme" and "Crescent" and that by the sole virtue of "My Favorite Things." Those who are only familiar with "Giant Steps" or "Blue Train" be prepared for something completely different, but if you're open to it, this music can blow your mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How do you feel about Roy Haynes in this role?
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Published on January 21, 2010 by G B
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine, underrated effort....
This is a very fine effort by our beloved Mr. Coltrane. It's really not mentioned with his other efforts, but I got it really cheap, so I figured why not? Read more
Published on January 2, 2010 by Grigory's Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I was there
My Favorite Things - unbelievable. After the piano solo Coltrane comes back and he plays the melody, then he's just flying, soaring. Read more
Published on May 21, 2008 by w51
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best live albums
First off, never microwave pizza for a minute and a half. I learned this the hard way after accidentally doing so (I was going for 30 seconds, too... Read more
Published on December 9, 2007 by finulanu
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Live CD
As I love John Coltrane's studio albums from this period, it is very nice to also hear him perform live on this CD. Read more
Published on December 5, 2005 by DigitalMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable
The story goes that Stan Getz was scheduled to go onstage after Coltrane at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1963. Read more
Published on April 10, 2005 by H. Lim
5.0 out of 5 stars As Serious as Your Life
This is possibly the best Coltrane record. I recommend this to Coltrane newbies, since in my mind the three Newport tracks capture the spiritual fervency of Coltrane's later work... Read more
Published on February 15, 2005 by Billy Willy
5.0 out of 5 stars Headline July 7,1963: Hurricane Coltrane Hits Newport RI
This recording ought to be the first recommended audio literature for a course on "How to play live jazz". Read more
Published on September 18, 2002 by Todd Ebert
5.0 out of 5 stars 'things' and Roy Haynes
This version of My Favorite Things takes me back to my high school years when I first discovered Trane. Read more
Published on July 2, 2002 by dig-it-the-most
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