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My Favorite Things: Coltrane At Newport Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered
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I have a sizeable catalog of Trane, but I never purchased either Newport date despite the fact that the version of My Favorite Things (MFT) '63 is often claimed to be the best. But I recently heard it on XM Radio and was engrossed -- I looked it up, found out this new CD was released, and went out and bought it. It's fantastic.
Newport '63 has the quartet (Trane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison) with Roy Haynes subbing in for Elvin Jones, who reportedly was in drug rehab for heroin addiction. The disc opens with a rather lame emcee requesting that the crowd "simmer down" for the Coltrane set, apparently because Jimmy Smith had fired up the crowd with his previous act. Anyway, Trane and Co. then open with "I Want to Talk About You," a fairly constained mid-tempo ballad with Trane on tenor. The sound is pretty good on this one, and Trane opens up near the end with an a cappella solo that builds up note upon note.Read more ›
It certainly is kind of weird hearing Haynes with Trane. Haynes is a very powerful drummer but he still doesn't have that explosiveness we hear when Elvin is behind the kit. Still, it's great stuff. There is an extended duet between Trane and Haynes on the 23+ minute version of Impressions.
My Favorite Things and I Want to Talk About You are also very good with Haynes. Supposedly this particular performance of Favorite Things is a high-water mark. I'm not so certain though. I definitely prefer Elvin behind the kit. It also sounds like the snare (for which Haynes is well known for his technique) is a bit too "hot" in the mix for my liking but maybe it's just a matter of getting used to hearing the rest of the band playing without Mr. Jones.
The tracks from the 1965 appearance at the Newport festival are also available on the Impulse release "New Thing at Newport". That music is just breathtakingly intense. Explosive! and of course, Elvin is on hand for this performance. Archie Shepp's set on that release is not to be missed either. Shepp and Bobby Hutcherson make quite a good creative team. Of course, you don't get that material here, you'll have to by both CDs to get all of the music and you are going to have to duplicate One Down, One Up and Favorite Things from Trane's 65 set at Newport. That's ok, it is worth owning both discs.Read more ›
Others have waxed authoritative here, so I won't attempt that, or to detail the history.
To me the most surprising thing here is the presence of Roy Haynes, who drums for the '63 set. Though his snare sounds like a paper bag or a sheet of bubble wrap (i.e. appalling), his performance is as close to perfection as possible. I associate Haynes more with the bop school, moreso than "the new thing," so this is a cool revelation. His interplay with Coltrane through the '63 set is, if anything, more remarkable than Elvin Jones' work in 1965.
As others have said the take of "Impressions" is phenomenal. There's a six minute McCoy Tyner solo, followed by a real cryin' shame: Jimmy Garrison begins what sounds like promising solo, but we only end up hearing about 30 seconds of it. Why? His bass is so "on mic" that it clips and distorts, and not just a little bit...the first time I heard it I thought I'd blown a speaker, the distortion is that bad. There's no way to clean that up really...so all but the first bit of Garrison's solo is lost to us. Truly a shame. Afterwards, Coltrane re-enters and gradually all the players except he and Haynes drop out. From 10 minutes out the two play off one another in sublime fashion.
The '65 set is comprised of just two numbers. Apparently, things were running late and the quartet was allowed only a half hour. As always, "My Favorite Things" comes off well. "One Down, One Up" is exhaustive and intriquing, though Elvin Jones seems a little lost here and there.Read more ›
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This version of My Favorite Things changed my life. It showed me how complex music could be while still, well, rocking!Published 1 month ago by Nicholas D. Arenella
Can listening to this CD a million times. If you don't alteady have it in your collection get it.Published 5 months ago by mark pearson
Arrived waaay ahead of schedule. Excellent recordings superbly engineered. Two more versions of MFT to ad to my collection! Extremely pleased.
it may be blasphemous to say John Coltrane can be self indulgent while performing live , but a 24 minute version of Impressions?Really? Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by alan
I love Coltrane and this is one of his better albums imo. Listen to it at my desk at work all the time. Never gets old.Published on February 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Have not heard it; don't need to. Any CD with Coltrane's spectacular rendition of My Favorite Things is an absolute must for anyone who has not heard it. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by William L. Gehrig
Generally not a fan of constant repackagings of the same material, this disc is perfect for me because the Newport '63 album was one of the very few Coltrane albums I never... Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by Pharoah S. Wail
This release is much better in sound quality than the previous release of some of the same material under the title "Newport '63. Read morePublished on February 13, 2008 by Stephen Rochester