Live At Birdland Original recording remastered, Live
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, Live, September 23, 1997
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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.Read more ›
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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Elvin Jones just seems to bash away loudly at the drums on this album, without any discernible sense of pulse. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan Feldman
Afro Blue explodes, Alabama is incredibly powerful. One of the all time greatest jazz albums.Published 19 months ago by Chris Newman
What would turn out to be his finest all-around album, John Coltrane delivered a
splendid highly lauded live album in 1964 that was one of several performances he... Read more
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
If you really want to understand just how brilliant Coltrane's Live At Birdland is, don't listen to it--just yet. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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 morePublished on June 3, 2008 by Mark E. Farrington
This album is easily one of the top three greatest albums Coltrane ever produced, and that is saying quite a lot. Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by Todd M. Stellhorn