The three extended compositions on REFLECTIONS find John Coltrane in full improvisational mode. The first track, "Up and Down," makes good on its name as the legendary saxophonist unfurls ascending and descending modal lines that seem to form their own strands of DNA. The frantic "Impressions" cooks along at a breathtaking pace, and features fine solos from the members of the quartet. The last track, the sprightly "Chim Chim Cheree," tops out at nearly 20 minutes. Recorded live on what sounds like inferior equipment, the sound quality is poor, but it is a small sacrifice to make for the opportunity to hear Coltrane and company inventing at full gallop.
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