John Coltrane: Kulu Se Mama
The remainder of the disc gathers tracks from various sessions recorded by the Classic Quartet at Rudy Van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs enclave. 'Welcome,' crafted around an elegant melodic line by Tyner, is a tune of unremitting resplendence. Tyner and Garrison sit out on 'Vigil' allowing for an absorbing dialogue between Coltrane and Jones and though the piece lacks the unpinioned exploratory edge of Coltrane's later duets with Rashied Ali it's still an rare opportunity to hear both players in the stripped down setting. Two takes of the mid-tempo Tyner/Garrison feature 'Dusk Dawn' (one of which was conspicuously absent from last year's Complete Classic Quartet box set) close things out. Not that it needs to be said, but this is essential music!
Track Listing: Kulu Se Mama/ Vigil/ Welcome/ Selflessness/ Dusk Dawn/ Dusk Dawn (alt).
Personnel: John Coltrane- tenor saxophone, percussion; Pharoah Sanders- tenor saxophone, kalimba; McCoy Tyner- piano; Jimmy Garrison- bass; Donald Rafael Garrett- bass, bass clarinet, percussion; Frank Butler- drums, percussion; Juno Lewis- hand drums, conch shell, percussion, vocal; Elvin Jones- drums.
Record Label: Impulse!
Style: Modern Jazz