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In fact, the first place a listener should probably begin in the journey to understand "Om" is with the even-longer piece "Evolution", from Live in Seattle. On this thirty-six minute VERY free piece, Coltrane and crew (consisting of the same musical lineup as this) tear apart their instruments until Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders begin screaming into the microphones. It's a visceral moment, and my guess is that Coltrane wanted to echo it the very next day in the studio, which may explain why he set up this quickie session.Read more ›
"Om" is 28:57 of complete musical chaos. If "Ascension" is too much for you, stop and go back because this only takes it further. If you're ready for the next step though, it's a journey worth taking. I don't know if the LSD rumors are true but I would certainly believe it. Him and Pharoah Sanders were such a great pairing during the free jazz/avant-guard era.Around halfway, McCoy Tyner solos which gives you a few minutes of a break and as him, Jimmy Garrison (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums) try to hold it together the saxes return and slowly build it back up into the bombastic finale of the album before dying down into the chants that open the album.
I can't say this is essential Coltrane and CERTAINLY not where one starts when they are new to the jazz legend but that should be obvious. It is a worthy investment though for the fan like myself who is fascinated at where he was willing to go musically. You couldn't make this album today and that alone makes it worth listening to.
Really creative playing by the musicians. Incredible sparkling percussion. Fantastic and musically harmonious piano by McCoy Tyner. Pharoah Sanders really works out with John Coltrane. Elvin Jones is brilliant as always. Jimmy Garrison puts the deep bass notes into this piece. Seven virtuoso musicians play here. I consider myself fortunate to have found this CD through a Japan CD store associated with Amazon Marketplace.
Unfortunately, the performance is less than 30 minutes. I believe the recording is mastered in the 24 bit 96 kHz system, as the "Best 50" series all were.
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This album is FUNNY...
Coltrane is meditating on the COSMIC JOKE!!!
The poetry, the sound effects, the flutes, the cries,
all I can do is SMILE SMILE SMILE when I... Read more
This is not for the casual listener. You know the type. The ones that can turn on any radio station and be perfectly content, no matter what is on. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by rob
Well, where to begin? I suggest that you FIRST listen to:
1. A Love Supreme
3. Meditations/First Meditations
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