Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

400

John Coltrane: Impressions

Derek Taylor By

Sign in to view read count
For a cross-section of Coltrane’s muse circa the early 1960s few albums are as representative as Impressions. The disc gathers performances from both concert and studio dates and offers an assortment of compositions that together illustrate just how multifaceted the master could be. Though none of the material on this most recent edition is unissued and majority is available on a pair of recent box sets ( Complete 1961Village Vanguard Sessions and Complete Classic Quartet ) this single disc still offers an exciting distillation of Coltrane’s tremendous talent. “India” and the title track are two expansive examples of the synergy that existed between Trane and Eric Dolphy on the bandstand. The former features the front-line combination of soprano and bass clarinet, while the latter hones in on a tenor/alto tandem. Why these two variants were the pair’s favored combinations is open to interpretation, but the urgency and depth of their creations becomes immediately apparent in either setting. “Up ‘Gainst the Wall” and “After the Rain” are interesting detours, but the brevity of each leaves the ears grasping for more.

“Dear Old Stockholm,” the title piece of an earlier Impulse offering is appended to this disc for some inexplicable reason. For this final piece Roy Haynes pinch hits for Jones and provides a decidedly different, yet no less dynamic presence as the rhythmic anchor for the quartet. All of the tracks, though disparate in origin fit remarkably well together making this is a collection to be treasured, particularly by those not wanting to shell out the ducats on the expensive box sets.

Tracks:India*°/ Up ‘Gainst the Wall/ Impressions*/ After the Rain/ Dear Old Stockholm.

Players:John Coltrane- tenor & soprano saxophones; Eric Dolphy- alto saxophone, bass clarinet*; McCoy Tyner- piano; Jimmy Garrison- bass; Reggie Workman- bass°; Roy Haynes- drums; Elvin Jones- drums.

Recorded: November, 1961, NYC, September 1962 & April 1963, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.


Title: Impressions | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Impulse!


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Acknowledgement CD/LP/Track Review Acknowledgement
by Don Phipps
Published: November 23, 2017
Read Lessons And Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review Lessons And Fairytales
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 23, 2017
Read The Child in Me CD/LP/Track Review The Child in Me
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: November 23, 2017
Read The Way Home CD/LP/Track Review The Way Home
by Joe Gatto
Published: November 23, 2017
Read Shadow Work CD/LP/Track Review Shadow Work
by Phil Barnes
Published: November 22, 2017
Read Veterans of Jazz CD/LP/Track Review Veterans of Jazz
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 22, 2017
Read "From the Nocturnal Chironian" CD/LP/Track Review From the Nocturnal Chironian
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 14, 2017
Read "Parts Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review Parts Unknown
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: October 25, 2017
Read "Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960" CD/LP/Track Review Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 4, 2017
Read "Concert Of The Century" CD/LP/Track Review Concert Of The Century
by Mark E. Gallo
Published: August 10, 2017
Read "The Tronosonic Experience" CD/LP/Track Review The Tronosonic Experience
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 9, 2017
Read "Roots Of Unity" CD/LP/Track Review Roots Of Unity
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 25, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor