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One Down One Up: Live at the Half Note [Live, Original recording remastered]

John ColtraneAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1965
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • ASIN: B000B0QOJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Only low-quality bootlegs have previously brought aficionados this full-strength, full-fury recording from the last year (1965) of the classic Coltrane Quartet. That's Coltrane/Tyner/Garrison/Jones, and this NYC recording at the Half Note was recently transferred from Coltrane's personal master tapes-they finally get the fidelity they deserve: Afro Blue; My Favorite Things ; the title song (featuring what many regard as one of Trane's greatest recorded improvs), and more!

Having recharged his legendary status on 2005's spectacular Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall, a previously unheard "lost" recording from 1957, the late John Coltrane solidifies his refreshed standing with a new generation of jazz fans with this exciting discovery by his own quartet. Recorded in 1965 at New York's Half Note club, One Down, One Up isn't as stunning a find as the Monk album. Its recorded sound, taken from a radio broadcast, is pretty raw and, whereas the Monk album represents a rare meeting of these giants, there are other live albums from the mid-'60s by the Coltrane four. None, however, are as good as this one, which finds the tenor and soprano saxophonist making magnificent mountains out of modal molehills through his relentless surrounding and reshaping of notes, never coming up for air. You don't listen to epic performances like the 28-minute title track, 23-minute rendition of "My Favorite Things" (his bread and butter tune) and 20-minute "Song of Praise" so much as immerse yourself in them. You simply need to experience them for their rising intensity and spiritual weight, for their earthy beauty, for the band's locking gears: pianist McCoy Tyner's ferocious hammered notes, drummer Elvin Jones' whirlwind figures, bassist Jimmy Garrison's eloquent lines. Thriving on melody, which he would abandon in the sonically assault live final phase of his sadly shortened career, Coltrane keeps listeners in the palm of his hand even as he pushes into unchartered territory. --Lloyd Sachs

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154 of 162 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality - not quantity October 11, 2005
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Coming on the heels of Blue Note's highly publicized and equally highly anticipated "Thelonius Monk Quartet with John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall," Impulse! releases yet another performance from the vault by John Coltrane and his celebrated quartet (Jimmy Garrison, McCoy Tyner, and Elvin Jones). Produced by Coltrane's son, Ravi, and containing performances from two nights at the Half Note in New York City, such a cast and setting seems to make this recording too good to pass up. However, even though this album features two full discs of live Coltrane, we are presented with only four extended cuts: "One Down, One Up," which is the lengthy highlight of the album, a shorter "Afro-Blue," an astounding, passionate rendition of "Song of Praise," and a 23-minute foray into sonic pyrotechnics with Coltrane's staple, "My Favorite Things."

If you are a Coltrane completist, such as myself, then you probably realize that we've seen a release similar to this already: LaserLight's "Live at the Half Note" released a few years back. And if you own this disc, then you'll find you already own two of the tracks featured here. I find it disappointing that Impulse! is unable to deliver the entire performances from the Half Note. However, in terms of sound quality, this album wins hands down

In terms of live performance, these two discs cannot measure up to the audible ferocity and contrasting poignant lyricism which makes up the "Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings" or even the Master Takes from those sessions - but I doubt anything ever could topple such a performance from its throne. However, I find this performance much more personable, more directed and whole lot more listenable than the 4-CD "Live in Japan" or the comparable 2-CD "Live in Seattle.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Holy Grails of Jazz. October 12, 2005
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It seems that quite a few historic unreleased recordings of John Coltrane have been making their way to the shelves as of late. Just weeks prior to the Impulse release of "One Down, One Up: Live at The Half Note", EMI unveiled an excellent top notch 1957 Carnegie Hall performance recorded during Coltrane's brief but legendary stint with Thelonious Monk's Quartet. With the release of this present 2-disc set of Coltrane's legendary 1965 performances at New York's Half Note club, another Holy Grail of jazz has finally seen the light of day.
Much has been written and discussed on these performances but until now, no official recordings had been available. Now with the release of this double CD, the world can finally hear what all the rage was truly about. The recordings were taken from late night radio broadcasts and apart from the final tracks on each disc being incomplete (due to time constraints on the original broadcast) and some minor dropouts on the performance of "One Down, One Up", the sound quality as well as the performances are outstanding.
The legendary half-hour performance of "One Down, One Up" is worth the price of admission alone. The piece is one continuous tenor sax improvisation with Coltrane spontaneously creating and recreating musical ideas that never let up. It's a performance that literally leaves one stuck to their chair. The piece becomes more intense as McCoy Tyner's piano drops out followed by Jimmy Garrison's bass leaving Coltrane going head-to-head with drummer Elvin Jones for over 10 minutes before everyone comes back in the bring this powerplay to an exciting finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you have the boot, this is worth buying October 19, 2005
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As a Coltrane nut, I've had the legendary "One Down, One Up" on bootleg for years, and it's long been my single favorite Coltrane performance. And I'm very pleased with this purchase. The sound quality for all four tracks is much improved over the bootlegs, even if it doesn't match the 1961 Vanguard shows recorded by Impulse's Bob Thiele. There's an extended bass intro to One Up One Down that I hadn't heard, and even the complete radio announcements are historically interesting.

The dropouts that a few reviewers mention for the title track are really not a problem, if you can accept the fact that the master tapes aren't in pristine condition. There are no actual gaps in the performance, and the brief drops in volume were done well and aren't jarring.

As Coltrane collectors know, there are four radio broadcasts from the Half Note from 1965 widely traded as bootlegs. This package includes two of them, complete. I sure hope the Coltrane estate also has master-quality copies of the other two broadcasts.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incadescent beauty, serenity and fire January 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Legendary music gets its first release...blah blah, you know the hype, and this is certainly particularly exciting coming as it does just after the Monk/ Coltrane at Carnegie Hall release. First, I don't think it's as good as the 'A Love Supreme' deluxe edition, which was frankly astounding, and it's not the Holy Grail either. The packaging and liner notes (with contributions from Ashley Khan and Ravi Coltrane) are all immaculate and beautifully designed, just as they were for the 'ALS' deluxe.

However, there is one major drawback: as these were radio broadcasts with the restricted time limit of 45 minutes, both discs manage to incorporate only one complete and one incomplete piece each. So, just a few minutes after Coltrane has soared back into 'Afro-Blue' and 'My Favorite Things' after ferociously powerful McCoy Tyner solos, he is cut off by the radio DJ bidding us goodnight. I've always found that the greatest parts of Coltrane's soprano explorations are after Tyner has had his say and Trane comes back in to really hit the stratosphere- then come back down in a beautiful, graceful shower of notes.

Nevertheless, there are many positives (how could there not be?), not least Elvin Jones' massive drumming and Tyner, reaching into the heart of his soul with his churning, powerful, graceful, passionate, epic solos. And Coltrane himself, driving forward like an unstoppable force of nature; Jones comments that it was like he was "sitting on a mountain of ideas, and they would flake off every three of four seconds."

This is particularly apparent in the heart of the collection, 'One Down, One Up,' a 27-minute work comparable to 'Chasin' the Trane', but even more extreme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The emcee is kinda annoying but I'll take it
What can you say!!! The emcee is kinda annoying but I'll take it...
Published 2 months ago by Elements
5.0 out of 5 stars Half of the Half Note recordings - a must listen
Like the live version of A Love Supreme released a few years back from Impulse, the four 1965 Half Note broadcasts have circulated among fans in bootleg form for a long time. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by G B
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Masterpiece
OK, maybe some of this music was previously avaliable on an obscure label. Maybe it's a bit short for a double disc. Read more
Published on June 30, 2009 by Mark Schlesinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Success in the Search for Sounds Unheard - UNBELIEVABLE
This music was previously available on unauthorized releases. It is such an incredible set that over the years it has been held up as an example of excellence in ensemble playing... Read more
Published on June 18, 2008 by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars John & Jimmy take charge. McCoy can't hang.
On this album you take the good with the bad.

On both this and My Favorite Things: Coltrane at Newport, McCoy is an annoyance. Read more
Published on February 15, 2008 by Pharoah S. Wail
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) Good archival release
An archival concert release that surprised just about everybody when it came out: four very long pieces, recorded with the Quartet, just before Coltrane made the jump into free... Read more
Published on December 9, 2007 by finulanu
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Trane's greatest Classic Quartet Performance.
I've been listening to Trane for over 15 years. I have All of his major recordings and even some bootlegs that I found in Europe. Read more
Published on October 2, 2007 by Dashill Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic quartet on fire
If you are new to Trane this might not be the place to start but then again, understanding the enormity of his musicianship is part of the essence of knowing Coltrane's music. Read more
Published on April 13, 2007 by Enrique Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for musicians
I personally like this tipe of jazz. I enjoy hearing endless variations that are accompanied by some kind of joy de vivre, when one almost feels the energy and music booming from... Read more
Published on December 6, 2006 by Matko Vladanovic
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with the announcer and tunes cut off
I was really annoyed by the announcer stepping all over the best parts of some of the solos but even more annoyed that the best tunes are cut off probably only half-way into the... Read more
Published on October 29, 2006 by macfawlty
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