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My Favorite Things: Coltrane At Newport Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered

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Trane's two blazing performances at Newport in 1963 and 1965 have now been reissued onto one bargain double-CD! The 1963 performance, even though it featured Roy Haynes on drums instead of regular Elvin Jones, has long been counted among Coltrane's most fiery performances; it appears here with an unreleased extended version of Impressions . Jones is back behind the kit for the 1965 performance, which consists of just two tracks, One Down, One Up and My Favorite Things . Transforming music from a great artist.
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  • Audio CD (July 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B000QFAG2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Joe Pierre on August 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Records companies these days can certainly be accused of repackaging old recordings in various forms to squeeze our more sales, and Impulse! is clearly guilty of this when it comes to the Coltrane discography, though who can blame them given the lack of worthy jazz masters these days... But this new release makes sense and is a vast improvement on previous packaging. What we have here is Trane at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1963, originally packaged as Newport '63 (minus the tack-on 4th track, "Chasing the Trane" from the '61 Village Vanguard sessions) along with a return to the festival in 1965, previously included as a double-header date with Archie Shepp released as "New Thing at Newport." Now it's all together in one tidy package that nearly takes current CD length to the limit, with 5 live tunes at just shy of 80 minutes.

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.
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All of the music on this collection was previously available except for the 1963 recording of Impressions w/ Roy Haynes (an excerpt was previously available). The recording apparently had some problems with low-end distortion and Jimmy Garrison's bass. Thanks to the digital revolution, the folks at Impulse were able to clean some of it up, but most of Garrison's solo is M.I.A. (you can't hear the edit as far as I can tell).

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.
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I've owned a copy of this disc for about three weeks now and am completely obsessed with it, listening to nothing else. Both Newport sets represented here are masterful.

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 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.
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