John Coltrane Live Trane: The European Tours (7-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (7 Discs)
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  • Number of Discs: 7
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  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Pablo

Description by OLDIES.com:

The singular odyssey of the tenor and soprano saxophonist/composer John Coltrane is among the most intrepidly influential, profoundly impassioned, and thoroughly compelling musical stories of the 20th century.

This 7-disc set chronicles three European tours Coltrane made in the early 1960s, under the auspices of Norman Granz's Jazz At The Philharmonic, with both a quintet, featuring the multi-reed giant Eric Dolphy, and his exceptional quartet comprising the pianist McCoy Tyner, the bassists Reggie Workman and Jimmy Garrison, and the volcanic Elvin Jones on drums.

Recorded between November 1961 and November 1963 in Paris, Stockholm, Hamburg, Berlin, and Stuttgart, Live Trane presents 37 often-epochal, always powerful selections. Most of them are previously unissued for commercial release in the U.S.

Herein we encounter Coltrane at several critical junctures: making the transition from a multi-chordal attack to extended blowing on scalar figures or a single, dronelike chord; adapting the ragas and nasal sonorities of Indian music, and incorporating the soprano saxophone, as key elements; partnered with the electrifying Dolphy, and creating a new sensibility, wherein a solo could stretch into a soliloquy, albeit one backed solely by Jones's meteor-shower cymbals and polyrhythmic tom-toms.

Newly remastered, with a detailed essay by Neil Tesser and an appreciation by Carlos Santana, Live Trane joins the ranks of Essential Coltrane.

Entertainment Reviews:

Down Beat - 1/02, p.76
4.5 stars out of 5 - "...A remarkable document...the master breaks through mazes he devised himself...blending spiritual energies with narrative impulses, and combusts the glorious sound that mirrored a spirit aflame..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Impressions
  • 2.My Favorite Things
  • 3.Blue Train
  • Buy for $0.994.Naima
  • 5.Impressions
  • 6.My Favorite Things

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Mr. P.C.
  • 2.Miles' Mode
  • 3.My Favorite Things
  • Buy for $0.994.Norman Granz Introduction
  • 5.Bye Bye Blackbird
  • 6.The Inch Worm
  • Buy for $0.997.Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Mr. P.C.
  • 2.My Favorite Things
  • 3.The Inch Worm
  • 4.Mr. P.C.
  • 5.Naima

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Traneing In
  • 2.Bye Bye Blackbird
  • 3.Impressions
  • Buy for $0.994.Swedish Introduction
  • 5.Traneing In
  • 6.Mr. P.C.

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • Buy for $0.991.Naima
  • Buy for $0.992.The Promise
  • 3.Spiritual
  • 4.Impressions
  • 5.I Want To Talk About You
  • 6.My Favorite Things

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Mr. P.C.
  • 2.Lonnie's Lament
  • 3.Naima
  • Buy for $0.994.Chasin' The Trane
  • 5.My Favorite Things

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • 1.Afro Blue
  • 2.Cousin Mary
  • 3.I Want To Talk About You
  • 4.Impressions

Product Description:

Personnel: John Coltrane (soprano & tenor saxophones); Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet); McCoy Tyner (piano); Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
Producer: Norman Granz.
Compilation producer: Eric Miller.
Recorded live in Europe between November 1961 and November 1963. Includes liner notes by Neil Tesser & Carlos Santana.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
The seven-CD set Live Trane expands upon Pablo's earlier CDs of John Coltrane recorded during his European tours between 1961 and 1963, including all of The Paris Concert, Bye Bye Blackbird, The European Tour, and Afro Blue Impressions, and supplementing them with extra songs from most of these concerts. Of the 37 tracks, 19 have not previously appeared commercially (except on a number of European bootleg labels with sound ranging from barely acceptable to horrendous), and a 1961 Hamburg concert with Eric Dolphy makes its debut here. A number of titles are repeated throughout the set -- six takes of "My Favorite Things" and five versions of both "Impressions" and "Mr. P.C.," along with four takes of "Naima" -- but true Coltrane fans will marvel at the differences between them from one concert to the next. Coltrane plays at a consistently high level throughout each performance, whether delivering a blistering tenor sax solo on "Blue Train" or sharing his lush side with the tender ballad "Naima." Naturally, the highlights are the numerous versions of "My Favorite Things," featuring Coltrane's adventurous work on soprano sax. But these live versions have an even greater energy than the landmark studio recording, particularly those with the addition of Dolphy on flute. Coltrane rarely ventures away from the mic during his furious solos, and pianist McCoy Tyner and bassist Jimmy Garrison are frequently barely audible during many of the performances, obviously due to the often cavernous venues that didn't necessarily lend themselves to making records, yet the sound is greatly improved over earlier issues of this material. Elvin Jones' powerful drumming serves as a catalyst throughout the entire set. Coltrane and his musicians are clearly inspired by the enthusiastic audiences who witnessed the making of this music. This is an essential set for Coltrane fans. ~ Ken Dryden

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