The Wire - p.41
Included in The Wire's "2005 Rewind: 50 Records Of The Year."
The Wire - p.56
"[T]he title track and 'Song Of Praise', which Tyner dominates with a long and breathtaking solo, make this a vital addition to any Coltrane collection."
Personnel: John Coltrane (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); John Coltrane; Alan Grant (spoken vocals); Jimmy Garrison (double bass); McCoy Tyner (piano); Elvin Jones (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Ravi Coltrane; Ashley Kahn.
Recording information: Half Note, New York, NY (03/26/1965-05/07/1965).
Author: Elvin Jones.
Introduction by: Alan Grant.
Photographer: Raymond Ross.
ONE DOWN, ONE UP: LIVE AT THE HALF NOTE, recorded in the last year of the classic quartet's existence, captures John Coltrane, drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist Jimmy Garrison going full blast. Recorded a year after A LOVE SUPREME, Coltrane was already moving on to extended improvisation, stretching out a single composition for 15 or 20 minutes while deconstructing it from every conceivable angle, turning his saxophone into an instrument of relentless exploration.
The dramatic, spiraling inventions of Tyner lend a frenetic element to Coltrane's already intense lines, while Jones and Garrison find and rearrange nearly every rhythm and counter-rhythm imaginable. There are only four tracks here (spread out over two discs), but each--whether it's the fiery title track or the exhilarating take on "My Favorite Things"--is a study in artistry.