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Discoveries... and Re-Discoveries

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Two major reissues and one highly publicized discovery from the 1960s provide the core of this round's podcast, as the boys discuss the latest album from the John Coltrane Quartet (despite the insistence of one internet denizen that “Coltrane's creativity really dropped off in the seventies") and then look at lavishly repacked work from Sonny Clark and Eric Dolphy. Pop matters rounds things out with discussions of the personal politics of listening to Jimi Hendrix, the latest Beatles remixes, and ...

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A dip in the archive

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In a slight change from the usual new music dominated shows a reflective trawl through my jazz collection with a few handpicked gems from my favourite artists... Playlist John Coltrane “Africa" from Africa/Brass (Impulse) 00:00 Eric Dolphy “Alone Together" from Musical Prophet -The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance) 16:56 Ornette Coleman “Comme Il Faut" from Crisis (ABC/Impulse) 31:09 Miles Davis “Mtume" from Get Up With It (Columbia) 46:00 Joe Henderson “Ask Me Now" from An Evening ...

THE VINYL POST

Coltrane 58: The Prestige Recordings

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Some fifty-two years since his death, the shadow of John Coltrane looms large in the minds of many jazz fans and musicians. Over the past few years this has been aided and abetted by the fact that his music continues to be repackaged. In the case of last year's Both Directions at Once, some previously unissued sides even brought further clarity to the saxophonist's development at Impulse Records in the mid '60s. Concurrent with the fascination of all-things-Coltrane ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

John Coltrane: Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings

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Sure these 37 tracks, predominantly standards, blues, and ballads have been released before on such earlier, pre-iconoclast recordings as Black Pearls, Soultrane, Bahia, and Setting The Pace, (Prestige, 1958) but never as chronologically curated as they are presented here on Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings. Certainly an argument can be made that they may not be as revelatory as 2018's Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!), but the remastered music pops on this 5CD, 8LP set ...

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Greg Ward, Örjan Hultén and More

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Brand new releases from Greg Ward and Örjan Hultén plus a compare and contrast between original recordings by John Coltrane and radical reworkings by Tisziji Munoz Playlist Greg Ward Rogue Parade “Metropolis" from Stomping Off from Greenwood (Greenleaf) 00:00 Örjan Hultén Orion “Minus Degrees" from Minusgrader (Artogrush) 08:41 Steve Grossman “Afro Blue" from Homecoming (Cheetah) 17:55 John Coltrane “Wise One" from Crescent (Impulse) 23:19 Tisziji Munoz “Wise One" from When Coltrane Calls, Session 1, Fierce Compassion (Anami ...

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From Newk To Tatum, Trane And Wayne

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We kick off this week with a question from singer Teri Roiger, answered by John Coltrane (on the newly discovered Both Directions at Once sessions with the classic quartet). This week we also begin our Sonny Rollins celebration with tracks by singer Babs Gonzales from 1949, when Newk was a mere 19-year-old. And have you ever heard Art Tatum's first recordings, backing singer Adelaide Hall? We will celebrate Wayne Shorter --who turned 85 last month --with a rare ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition

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The fulsome clarity of the monaural sound on Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album by John Coltrane may be just the gateway necessary to entice those listeners used to a single home speakers, ear buds or their smart phones. After all, as Ashley Kahn notes in his lengthy essay, this double set of compact discs features the iconic saxophonist's classic quartet in its prime, and so deserves to be heard by musiclovers of all stripes and equipment setups, not ...

INTERVIEWS

Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

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John Coltrane was born in Hamlet North Carolina on September 23, 1926. When Coltrane was a young child his family moved to the town of High Point, North Carolina where he spent the first seventeen years of his life at 118 Underhill Street. Coltrane showed academic potential at Leonard Street School. Among his classmates he was known as a shy boy who was neat as well as a sharp dresser. Coltrane's situation changed drastically in the winter of ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

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Half a century after his passing, the music of John Coltrane continues to be studied, analyzed and enjoyed for its historical and musical exceptionality. Every few years it seems that another undiscovered collection surfaces and is met with enviable enthusiasm, much of it centered around speculating where Coltrane's music was going at a point in time, and the unanswerable question of where it may have ended up. Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album captures the saxophonist on the brink ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Read "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

The day before John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison convened at the Van Gelder studios in Englewood Cliffs, John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded “From Me To You" at Abbey Road in seven takes. That night the Coltrane quartet tore apart Birdland and the next day recorded an album with John Hartman. Music was changing everywhere and, thus, the world. Bob Thiele's voice is the first we hear, cutting through the political panic of fifty ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The Universe and John Coltrane: The Physics of Cosmic Vibrations

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The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe Stephon Alexander 272 Pages ISBN: # 13: 978-0465093571; # 10: 0465093574 Basic Books 2016 On the face of it, the premise that jazz and physics are related disciplines seems strange and remote. Because of its spontaneous nature, rhythmic pulse, and emphasis on emotion, jazz is a personal, subjective artistic means of expression which is accessible to almost ...

WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz and Philosophy

Read "Jazz and Philosophy" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Philosophy warms to jazz, but not as much, perhaps, to rock or blues. We can talk through the night about rock and blues, and it may be fun. But just how philosophical can we get about rock and blues--even with the help of a few smart friends and a few adult beverages? Rock is the rambunctious and electrified child that came out of the blues, and the blues are a way to make pain bearable and even enjoyable, once the ...


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