Newport '63 Live
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The album rounds off with a blues; "Chasin' Another Trane" - recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1961 with a different line-up; Reggie Workman on bass, Elvin Jones on drums (credited as Roy Haynes on the CD,) and ERIC DOLPHY on alto sax, but all he playes on the track is a 3 minute solo. Maybe not the best work he has done, but it is Dolphy alright!Read more ›
One of the reasons why this disc is overlooked is because Elvin Jones is replaced by Roy Haynes, while Jones was serving some jail time. The absence of Jones is noticeable but I still think this is worthy of five stars. The first 3 tracks are from the Newport Jazz Festival and in addition to Haynes and Trane, we have the remaining quartet members, McCoy Tyner (piano) and Jimmy Garrison (bass). Tyner is especially amazing on 'My Favorite Things' which I consider the best version of that piece in Trane's entire catalogue. I consider it to be a bridge to some of his later recordings. This is because we get Trane's two sides. First of all there is great tone and lyricism in the first part of the piece. However, the song still goes on for 17 minutes and the interplay between Tyner and Haynes for much of it is amazing.
Rounding out the performance is Billy Eckstine's 'I Want to Talk About You' with a mesmerizing credenza which is a staple of Trane's technique, followed by a 15 minute version of 'Impressions.' Again we hear Trane's two sides. On one hand we hear where he is COMING from. which is the confines of other jazz gods like Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk.Read more ›
It's hard to convey the power of his style in this period without referring to the cliches--cascades or "sheets" of sound--but anyone who was heard his other recordings of this time can imagine whatever they've heard there, only more liberated and intense (which is saying a lot), and they'll get an idea of the frenetic energy and dazzling virtuosity of his "My Favorite Things." Even "A Love Supreme" sounds controlled compared to Trane's blowing on the title track (of the LP, that is). He begins by faithfully announcing the classic melody from "The Sound of Music" in the nasal wail of his soprano saxophone, but soon completely deconstructs the tune (similar to Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner") and builds an increasingly complex wave of notes that seems completely dissonant at first, but eventually melts into one big "sheet" of gorgeous, breathtaking music.
Indeed, this is an essential Trane album, right up there with "A Love Supreme" and "Crescent" and that by the sole virtue of "My Favorite Things." Those who are only familiar with "Giant Steps" or "Blue Train" be prepared for something completely different, but if you're open to it, this music can blow your mind.
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Just reading an article in the sep 30, 2013, New Yorker that on the set for the first show of Homeland's third season, this CD is on Carrie's bureau (along with a Temptations CD). Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by J. Wagner
This CD includes all of Roy's official live recordings with this group; the compilation Dear Old Stockholm has the studio recordings. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by G B
This is a very fine effort by our beloved Mr. Coltrane. It's really not mentioned with his other efforts, but I got it really cheap, so I figured why not? Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by Grigory's Girl
My Favorite Things - unbelievable. After the piano solo Coltrane comes back and he plays the melody, then he's just flying, soaring. Read morePublished on May 21, 2008 by w51
First off, never microwave pizza for a minute and a half. I learned this the hard way after accidentally doing so (I was going for 30 seconds, too... Read morePublished on December 9, 2007 by finulanu
I love this period in Coltrane's playing more than any other, i think, and this performance displays his classic quartet at its best. Read morePublished on May 12, 2006 by Matthew Miller
As I love John Coltrane's studio albums from this period, it is very nice to also hear him perform live on this CD. Read morePublished on December 5, 2005 by DigitalMan
The story goes that Stan Getz was scheduled to go onstage after Coltrane at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1963. Read morePublished on April 10, 2005 by H. Lim
This is possibly the best Coltrane record. I recommend this to Coltrane newbies, since in my mind the three Newport tracks capture the spiritual fervency of Coltrane's later work... Read morePublished on February 15, 2005 by Billy Willy