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Duke Ellington. John Coltrane. Two visionaries. One album. Who can ask for anything more?
In fact, if you expected Coltrane to put his technique under wraps for this session, you're in for a surprise. To the contrary, this recording finds the saxophonist at his powerful best on "Take the Coltrane," "The Feeling of Jazz," "Stevie," and "Big Nick." Ellington frequently comps early in Trane's solos, then lays out while Coltrane rips away over bass and drums.
The concentration of Trane's solo statements is also satisfying on this release. There are no extended improvisations, a la the Village Vanguard performances. The brevity is in no way a minus. Each solo seems a perfectly formed statement; the sound is contained in a smaller framework, but that containment increases its power.
As usual, a ballad offers some of Coltrane's finest moments. "In a Sentimental Mood" shows how closely he and Ellington were in touch during the session. Coltrane honors the song and its composer with an attentive reading that draws attention to the song's beauty rather than to his own technique.
If I've said more about Coltrane than about Ellington, it's not to slight Duke. Coltrane merely stands out more on the release. Ellington's lovely soloing and comping add to the richness of the performance, and his taste is on display throughout as he seems to know precisely when to step aside and give his partner more space.Read more ›
but since previously I had this album only on audio-tape, this CD is...
what can say? BEAUTIFUL...
Although, if you're a hard-core, late-Coltrane fan, you might find it a bit too low-key, but if you like Coltrane's album with Johnny Hartman, this is something for you... Also, Ellington fans will like this Coltrenisation of their favorite composer/pianist/arranger/bandleader...
I definitively come from more Ellington based pool (- Duke is the composer of most of the songs; one is by Strayhorn, one is by Coltrane -) and I LOVE THIS...
Lyrical, subtle, meditative, beautifully conceived and executed, logical collaboration of great artists.
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TWO GREAT ARTISTS IN ONE PLACE !!! I Am an avid fan of the very talented John Coltrane and the masterful Duke Ellington and when you put the two together ..... WOW !!! Read morePublished 10 months ago by scarlet
It works. You might think they're coming from different planets, but Ellington is such a chameleon. He slips into the style seamlessly.Published 11 months ago by Stencil
Very good reissue vinyl LP record. Good jazz musical espiecially on side 2. Recommend this to any jazz listener who like good recording music.Published 14 months ago by Roy Chua
I'm disappointed with myself for not picking this album up earlier. The combination of Duke and Trane is really something to hear.Published 14 months ago by Donald Mohr