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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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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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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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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 ...


First Time I Saw

Just Plain Trane

Read "Just Plain Trane" reviewed by Rob Mariani

This article first appeared at All About Jazz on November 17, 2006. He appeared on a bandstand that was at least two football fields away, at the Randall's Island Jazz Festival in 1960. I had already heard him on record and read what the reviewers were saying about him, and indeed, what seemed to be emanating from the bandstand on that breezy New York summer night were those infamous “sheets of sound." He was with Miles's Kind of ...


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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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Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners

Read "Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

For many listeners, the name John Coltrane is synonymous with the tune “Giant Steps." Whether or not you happen to agree with the proposition that this was the “greatest" or most important composition Coltrane ever recorded—for some, it would be “My Favorite Things," and for still others, “A Love Supreme." This is not an attempt, largely futile, to settle that question. There probably is no answer. The great bassist Jimmy Haslip once said that hearing Jaco Pastorius play ...


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