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Radio & Podcasts

John Coltrane, Dave Liebman and Others

Read "John Coltrane, Dave Liebman and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This vintage episode, from November 2021, features John Coltrane playing with Miles Davis and also Dave Liebman interpreting Coltrane's music. Other musicians heard include Dave Brubeck, Archie Shepp, Al Hibbler, and Anthony Ortega. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Cyrus Nabipoor “Huckleberry Madness" from Live At The Marigny Opera House (Self-Produced) 00:54 Dave Liebman Expansions “Mr. Day" from Selflessness: ...

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Liner Notes

John Coltrane: Song Of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited

Read "John Coltrane: Song Of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Witness [ wit-nis ] an individual who, being present, personally sees or perceives a thing; a beholder, spectator, or eyewitness. Have you ever considered yourself a witness to history? If you answered in the affirmative, let me posit that it was only after time and reflection that this notion occurred to you. Did the soldiers standing in the mud and muck at the Somme during the Great War in 1916 comprehend the significance of the moment? And more ...

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Album Review

John Coltrane: Favorites Revisited

Read "Favorites Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Besides “Giant Steps," the songs that every Coltrane fan, er fanatic, has probably committed to memory note-for-note are the three presented here, “Naima," “My Favorite Things" and the four-part suite “A Love Supreme." It is as if those sounds had existed even before John Coltrane penned them. Forgive the hyperbole, but listeners of the great man's music, even newcomers, undoubtedly recognize the treasure these are. Proof certain were the audiences' requests for Coltrane and his quartet of pianist McCoy Tyner, ...

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Building a Jazz Library

John Coltrane: A Liturgical Discography

Read "John Coltrane: A Liturgical Discography" reviewed by Steve Cook


So much to hear and so little time. The immensity of the recording legacy of John Coltrane as leader, co-leader and side player can be daunting for newcomers and long-time fans alike. Without needing to argue for the place of Coltrane's oeuvre in history, the following proposes a year-long calendar by which to experience and enjoy the tremendous volume of music he gifted us. To take the approach here, based on the liturgical calendar used by many Christian ...

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Album Review

John Coltrane: Favorites Revisited

Read "Favorites Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


A major event for connoisseurs of John Coltrane's classic quartet, Favorites Revisited delivers one and a quarter hours of landmark live recordings in state-of-the-art 21st century audio. Professionally recorded, and therefore sounding pretty good even on original release, the material now benefits from remastering by the ezz-thetics label's sonic jedi Michael Brändli. At times, it almost feels like one is hearing the music for the first time. A three-track disc, the first two tracks are “Naima" and ...

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Album Review

John Coltrane: My Favorite Things: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Read "My Favorite Things: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Chris May


Sonically improved reissues—strikingly improved reissues—of classic John Coltrane albums are becoming regular events. Rhino/Atlantic kicked things off in 2020 with the 2 CD Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1960). Switzerland's ezz-thetics followed through in 2021 with Chasin' The Trane, a reissue of Live At The Village Vanguard: The Master Takes (Impulse, 1998), and Song Of Praise, a reissue of One Down, One Up (Impulse, 2005). The good times continue to roll in 2022 with ezz-thetics' Favorites Revisited, a compilation ...

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Album Review

John Coltrane Quartet: Song Of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited

Read "Song Of Praise: New York 1965 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


There are a handful of live performances which, preserved on recordings, have acquired overarching importance in the jazz canon. Charlie Parker's one-night-only appearance at Toronto's Massey Hall in 1953, John Coltrane's weeklong residency at New York's Village Vanguard in 1961 and Miles Davis' at Chicago's Plugged Nickel in 1965 are amongst the longest established. A relatively recent addition is one of Coltrane's gigs at New York's Half Note which, though it happened in March 1965, was not ...


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