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John Coltrane Quartet: Live At The Gallery 1960 (RLR Records, 2 CDs)John Coltrane Quartet: Live At The Gallery 1960 (RLR Records, 2 CDs)
All tracks previously unissued - these are Trane’s first recordings ever with McCoy Tyner, as well as his first preserved notes on soprano sax. John Coltrane formed his first quartet as a leader at New York’s Jazz Gallery in May 1960. After a short trial with Steve Kuhn on piano, McCoy Tyner joined the group. Coltrane also began playing the soprano saxophone during his tenure at the Jazz Gallery.

The set presented here was taped by an audience member during that gig. It contains versions of tunes rarely recorded by Coltrane, like “Liberia”, “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes”, “Summertime” and “But Not For Me”, as well as Trane’s first issued version of “I Can’t Get Started”, a song he never taped in the studio, which he performs here on soprano.

John Coltrane, tenor & soprano sax; McCoy Tyner, piano; Steve Davis, bass; Pete La Roca, drums - at The Jazz Gallery, Greenwich Village, New York, June 27, 1960. (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: So Many Things - The European Tour 1961 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)
This is to some extent a sequel to our 2014 release of “All Of You: The Last Tour 1960” by The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane, as it presents ‘live’ recordings from Coltrane’s European tour the following year.

“There are so many things to be considered in making music”, John Coltrane told an interviewer during his first European tour as a bandleader in the autumn of 1961. “Many things on which I don't think I've reached a final conclusion.” Indeed, the music Coltrane made on this trip took audiences to the very cutting edge, leaving many questions unanswered, even for the saxophonist’ s most ardent fans. The impact of Coltrane and his regular quartet sidemen – pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Elvin Jones – was made doubly controversial by the leader’s last-minute decision to add the formidable multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, a musician whom Coltrane regarded as a true kindred spirit but whose introduction to European audiences was to prove equally divisive.

Playing over 30 concert appearances in under three weeks, the band criss-crossed the continent from France to Finland, taking its message to far larger crowds than could be squeezed into its club sets back in the US. While the critics thumbed their thesauruses in a vain attempt to describe the overwhelming spectacle of the Coltrane band in full flight, several of the group’s gigs were being captured for posterity, taped by various local radio stations and private collectors. These recordings have since acquired almost legendary status and have previously only been available in sporadic fashion, but for the first time ever, this new Acrobat release collates tapes made by the quintet in Paris, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm, creating a truly sundering anthology of this short-lived band at its peak.

Newly remastered for optimum sound quality, along with examples of Coltrane's landmark compositions ‘Naima’ and ‘Impressions’, this collection also includes the saxophonist’s only recording of Victor Young's theme ‘Delilah' and, as a bonus, a stunning rare “second house” performance of Coltrane's transformational anthem ‘My Favourite Things’ taped in Stockholm. The booklet features photographs, concert memorabilia and press clippings, and comes complete with an extensive essay by award-winning British saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £19.99 

John Coltrane: So Many Things - The European Tour 1961 (CD: Acrobat, 4 CDs)


John Coltrane Quintet with Eric Dolphy: The Complete 1961 Copenhagen Concert (CD: In Crowd)John Coltrane Quintet with Eric Dolphy: The Complete 1961 Copenhagen Concert (CD: In Crowd)
The complete long unavailable 1961 Copenhagen concert by the Coltrane-Dolphy quintet, introduced by Norman Granz. It includes the only appearance of Victor Young’s beautiful song “Delilah” in both Coltrane and Dolphy’s discographies. Also noteworthy are a reading of “Naima”, with both reeds combining with stunning effect, and Trane’s two unusual live false starts before playing a superb, breathtaking version of “My Favorite Things”, almost 30 minutes long. (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: The 1961 Newport Set (CD: Solar)
John Coltrane’s previously unissued 1961 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. At the time, his group consisted of a quintet with Trane as the only horn, plus piano, two basses, and drums. Added as a bonus is another complete performance from the same year, recorded in Helsinki, Finland, during the tour on which Eric Dolphy joined the group. This is the first time this set is presented in the correct pitch.

The Newport tracks feature: McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman and Art Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums - Live at Newport, Rhode Island, July 1, 1961. Bonus Tracks: Same personnel except Eric Dolphy (as, fl) added and Art Davis omitted. Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, November 22, 1961. (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: The 1961 Newport Set (CD: Solar)


John Coltrane: The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (CD: Impulse, 4 CDs)John Coltrane: The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (CD: Impulse, 4 CDs)
 


Price:  £42.99 


John Coltrane: The Complete Nights Of 1-2 November 1961 (Vinyl LP: Doxy, 3 LPs)
Now available for the first time ever on vinyl, the complete recordings of John Coltrane’s historic and hotly contested live performances at the Village Vanguard on the nights of 1-2 November 1961 with a 4-page booklet! This historic LP was not only Coltrane’s first live album (and his first recording to feature the complete line-up of his now legendary quartet featuring McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison), but it was also, at the time, one of the most criticized residencies in the history of jazz. In November 1961, these performances (also featuring Eric Dolphy) represented jazz music’s supreme cutting edge—with Coltrane beginning to experiment with Eastern music, represented in numbers like India and instruments like the oud—but it was one that critics were largely unwilling to embrace. In fact, they began filling newspapers with vehement anti-Coltrane sentiment, and some even went so far as to call him downfall of jazz! (F-Minor) 


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John Coltrane: The Complete Nights Of 1-2 November 1961 (Vinyl LP: Doxy, 3 LPs)


John Coltrane: Live At The Village Vanguard (CD: Impulse)John Coltrane: Live At The Village Vanguard (CD: Impulse)
Coltrane's appearances at the Village vanguard during late 1961, alongside Eric Dolphy, yielded much music, and all of it is coherently assembled in a 4CD set. For those on a budget however, this issue collates the three tracks off the original vinyl release. The (what the Penguin Guide refers to as) 'torrential tenor outpouring' on 'Chasin' The Trane' remains one of his most intractable statements.

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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John Coltrane: Live At Birdland (CD: Impulse)
 


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John Coltrane: Live At Birdland (CD: Impulse)


John Coltrane: The 1962 Milan Concert (CD: RLR Records)John Coltrane: The 1962 Milan Concert (CD: RLR Records)
All surviving tracks from the 1962 Milan concert by the classic John Coltrane Quartet. There are four bonus tracks : two previously unheard tracks from the Olympia concert performed a few weeks earlier; and two more previously unissued tracks recorded live at the Le Tete de L’Art club in Montreal, the following year. All of this music appears on this CD for the first time on any format!

The Milan performance took place several months after the departure of Eric Dolphy, and was recorded by a fan with amateur equipment, and sound quality is obviously not good, but has been improved as far as possible. (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: The Complete 1962 Copehagen Concert (CD: Domino Jazz, 2 CDs)
This is the very rare 1962 Copenhagen concert by the classic John Coltrane quartet in its entirety (not to be confused with the 1961 and 1963 performances). Among the many highlights of this performance, which presents excellent sound quality, is a long and delightful version of “Bye Bye Blackbird”, a tune he rarely recorded after his time with Miles Davis.

By 1962, the John Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones was a solid musical unit. For a while, in 1961 and early 1962, the quartet evolved into a quintet with the addition of reedman Eric Dolphy. This quintet (with Reggie Workman on bass) had visited Europe in November 1961. In mid-November 1962, the quartet (minus Dolphy; with Garrison on bass) began a new European tour. Fortunately, many concerts from that tour were recorded by local radio stations and devoted fans. (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: The Complete 1962 Copehagen Concert (CD: Domino Jazz, 2 CDs)


John Coltrane Quartet: Complete 19 November 1962 Stockholm Concerts (CD: Solar, 3 CDs)John Coltrane Quartet: Complete 19 November 1962 Stockholm Concerts (CD: Solar, 3 CDs)
Limited edition 3 CD deluxe box set – the complete concert performances of the John Coltrane quartet in Stockholm on November 19, 1962. Both programmes were similar so, though several titles are repeated, the evening versions differed from the afternoon show. Sound quality is good on both sets . (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: The Complete 1963 Copenhagen Concert (CD: Solar, 2 CDs)
This Solar mid-price double CD presents a long hard to find concert by the classic Coltrane Quartet - with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones - recorded on October 25, 1963 at Tivoli Konsertsal, Copenhagen - performing extended versions of Coltrane's compositions "Mr. PC", "Impressions", "The Promise" and "Naima", plus versions of Mongo Santamaría's "Afro Blue" and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "My Favourite Things".

These are all absorbing versions, with incredible improvisation and interplay, in which the musicians seem fully immersed. There are three tour de force tracks around or over the 20 minute mark. Roland Kirk was also in town and after the concert the two saxophonists went to Copenhagen's famous Café Montmartre to play during a well remembered (but unfortunately not recorded) jam session, backed by Kirk's band. Coltrane's playing is risky and adventurous, as always. To quote the great man: "Whenever I make a change, I'm a little worried that it may puzzle people. And sometimes I deliberately delay things for this reason. But after a while I find there is nothing else I can do but go ahead". (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: The Complete 1963 Copenhagen Concert (CD: Solar, 2 CDs)


John Coltrane Trio & Quartet: More Live At The Showboat (CD: RLR Records)John Coltrane Trio & Quartet: More Live At The Showboat (CD: RLR Records)
A complete, previously unissued set by Coltrane at the Showboat in Philadelphia with Roy Haynes. It was recorded one week after the set that was released on Rare Live Recordings in 2006 (RLR 88620). McCoy Tyner was late that day, and so ‘Trane played the first three tunes and most of the fourth in the unusual trio format of tenor sax/bass/drums! Among other highlights, this set presents rare live versions by Coltrane of “Up ‘Gainst the Wall” and “It’s Easy to Remember”, as well as the only existing recording of Trane at the piano, on the ballad “After the Rain”. (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: My Favourite Things- Coltrane At Newport (CD: Impulse)
John Coltrane came to Newport to play. His 1963 and 1965 performances, containing definitive renditions of 'My Favourite Things', are newly restored from the original master tapes- revealing previously unheard material- and finally available in one place. (Universal Jazz) 


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John Coltrane: My Favourite Things- Coltrane At Newport (CD: Impulse)


John Coltrane: Selflessness featuring My Favourite Things (CD: Impulse- US Import)John Coltrane: Selflessness featuring My Favourite Things (CD: Impulse- US Import)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1965 album from the Jazz great. The album was recorded July 7, 1963 at the Newport Jazz Festival (tracks 1 and 2) and October 14, 1965 in Los Angeles (track 3).  


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John Coltrane/ Archie Shepp: New Thing At Newport (CD: Impulse)
New Thing At Newport catches Coltrane and Shepp at interesting points in their careers. Coltrane was still expansive, though he was near the end of his term with his quartet. Shepp had learned a great deal from Coltrane, particularly ways to manipulate high notes out of the horn as well as other effects that Adolphe Sax never intended for it. These two sets of music describe a time of challenge in every sense of that word. Fortunately, the long-playing record was available to capture live performances in 1965, as it was not for some of the geniuses who had come before. Having this music on disc may not be the same as being there, but it does let you live this music over and over again. (Verve Music Group) 


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John Coltrane/ Archie Shepp: New Thing At Newport (CD: Impulse)


John Coltrane: One Down, One Up- Live At The Half Note (CD: Impulse, 2 CDs)John Coltrane: One Down, One Up- Live At The Half Note (CD: Impulse, 2 CDs)
Coltrane and his legendary band – McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – regularly played at downtown New York’s Half Note in the mid 1960s. The group used the club’s flexible set times to accommodate Coltrane’s musical suites and far-reaching improvisations. As Half Note founder Mike Canterino said, “I just wanted the music and to let the guys go ahead and do what they want to do.”

The importance of these influential performances has grown throughout the years as musicians – especially saxophone players – passed around bootleg and lo-fi copies taken from the 1965 radio broadcast. It was a time when Coltrane was pushing his musical boundaries, and one can hear the evolution of his style on these recordings. As his son Ravi Coltrane says, “You can hear everything that came before and begin to hear where the music was going.”

The music captured on One Down, One Up: Live At The Half Note features the songs “One Down, One Up” (perhaps the highlight of the collection), “Afro Blue,” “Song of Praise,” and “My Favorite Things.” The unparalleled performances showcase a band filled with fiery passion and a master at the crossroads of his musical path.

One Down, One Up: Live At The Half Note features liner notes from journalist and author Ashley Kahn who wrote A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album as well as the upcoming The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. Also included is an essay by the CD’s producer, Ravi Coltrane. (Verve Music Group)

 


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John Coltrane: The Unissued Seattle Broadcast 1965 (CD: RLR Records)
On September 30, 1965, John Coltrane took his new group to The Penthouse, in Seattle, to make a professional recording during that engagement which would later be issued on Impulse as ‘Live in Seattle’. That same day, the group was broadcast over the radio and the music was taped by an amateur fan.

All preserved music from this broadcast, which doesn’t duplicate a single note of the aforementioned album, is presented on this release. Among its highlights are a long version of an untitled original tune, and Trane’s final version of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life”, which only appears in his discography on two other occasions.

Personnel : John Coltrane, soprano sax, tenor sax; Pharoah Sanders, tenor sax; Donald Garrett, bass clarinet, bass; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums - live broadcast from The Penthouse, Seattle, Washington, September 30, 1965. (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: The Unissued Seattle Broadcast 1965 (CD: RLR Records)


John Coltrane: Live In Seattle (CD: Impulse, 2 CDs- US Import)John Coltrane: Live In Seattle (CD: Impulse, 2 CDs- US Import)
 


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John Coltrane: Live At The Village Vanguard Again (CD: Impulse)
 


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John Coltrane: Live At The Village Vanguard Again (CD: Impulse)


John Coltrane: Last Performance At Newport, July 2 1966 (CD: Domino Jazz)John Coltrane: Last Performance At Newport, July 2 1966 (CD: Domino Jazz)
John Coltrane’s last performance ever at the Newport Jazz Festival, on July 2, 1966. This is the first time that this material is issued on any format. Coltrane performed three extended pieces including a version of “My Favorite Things” that is much freer than ever; a beautiful reading of his ballad “Welcome” and a powerful version of “Leo”, a song he had taped in the studio six months earlier. He was moving further and further into free jazz.

Coltrane was too ill to perform at the Newport Festival the following year, and he died shortly after at the age of 40 on July 17, 1967. He had played at Newport in 1958, 1961, 1963 & 1965. (Discovery Records) 


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John Coltrane: Concert In Japan (CD: Impulse- US Import)
Digitally remastered edition of this live album from the Jazz legend. Recorded live on Coltrane's only Japanese tour in July 1966 at two Tokyo venues, Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Hall and Sankei Hall, it is taken from mono radio broadcasts. It is notable for the presence of alto saxophone, played both by Coltrane and Sanders. By this point in his career, Coltrane was firmly enmeshed into the avant-garde style of Jazz. Sanders, who was an innovator of Free Jazz, influenced Coltrane's playing through his technical use of overblowing and fierce vibrations of the reed, and this record is remarkable for its use of multiphonics. 


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John Coltrane: Concert In Japan (CD: Impulse- US Import)


John Coltrane: Offering- Live At Temple University (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)John Coltrane: Offering- Live At Temple University (CD: Resonance, 2 CDs)
Offering: Live At Temple University documents a legendary concert by John Coltrane at Temple University in his hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 11, 1966, six weeks after his fortieth birthday and nine months before his untimely death.

Offering, available in a deluxe format 2-CD digi-pak, incorporates a look that is contiguous with the graphic identity of Impulse! Records, Coltrane’s exclusive label from 1961 until the end of his life. This is the first officially sanctioned release of an undiscovered, complete Coltrane performance since 2005. It captures Coltrane in exemplary form, navigating the language he had developed during the last phase of his musical path with passion and pellucid logic.

Operating at equivalent levels of invention and energy are three members of his working quintet of one year’s standing his wife, Alice Coltrane, on piano; Pharoah Sanders on reeds and flute; and Rashied Ali on drums.

Offering is emblematic of the efflorescent energies and radical ideas that Coltrane himself had much to do with bringing forth during the seven years after 1960, when he left the employ of Miles Davis to pursue his vision as a leader. There are versions of Coltrane’s 1960 hits “Naima” and “My Favorite Things,” a transformational reworking of the 1964 ballad “Crescent,” a spirit-raising rendering of “Leo,” which he had recorded on several previous occasions during 1966, and the hymnal “Offering,” which he would record on a February 15, 1967 studio session that Impulse! would release during the ‘90s as Spiritual Offering.

On Offering, Resonance Records achieves the highest possible audio quality, using direct transfers of original master reels from a location recording by Temple’s WRTI-FM, remastered at 96kHz/24 bit, that were tracked down by Coltrane scholar Yasuhiro Fujioka. (Proper Note) 


Price:  £23.99 


John Coltrane: Offering- Live At Temple University (Vinyl LP: Resonance, 2 LPs)

Price:  £58.99 


Deluxe double 180g vinyl set. 

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