1000 JAZZ ALBUMS YOU REALLY OUGHT TO HEAR – 0005 : JOHN COLTRANE – COLTRANE “LIVE” AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD

Impulse

1962 (CD)

  • John Coltrane — soprano saxophone on “Spiritual” and “Softly As In Morning Sunrise”; tenor saxophone on “Spiritual” and “Chasin’ the Trane”
  • Eric Dolphy — bass clarinet on “Spiritual”
  • McCoy Tyner — piano on side one
  • Reggie Workman — bass on side one
  • Jimmy Garrison — bass on side two
  • Elvin Jones — drums

Subsequently re-emerging  as part of a mammoth box set of Coltrane’s four night residency at the famous New York Club this one really split the critical crowd when it was released. In hindsight Coltrane’s explorations, over lengthy tunes, seem relatively benign in comparison with what was to follow, not only  from the man himself, but also a whole sub-genre of avant-garde and free improvisation which may well have been prompted by these music endeavors. The critical response at the time was extremely negative in parts, which perhaps says more about the music writing establishment of the early 60s than it does about ‘Trane.

Three performances were selected for this initial release from the four nights of recordings.  The standard, by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II “Softly as in Morning Sunrise”, plus a second entitled “Spiritual”, possibly an adaptation of the traditional “Nobody Knows de Trouble I See”. The third selection, the sixteen minute trio blues “Chasin’ the Trane”, has been described as one of the most important recordings in jazz combining  free jazz, jamming, and neoclassicism.

In it’s own right this release stands out as one of the most refreshing jazz recordings of all time. Even over 50 years later it still has the capacity to shock the listener. When put in the context of all of four nights it becomes a fascinating exploration of a musician looking for new avenues of expression. Coltrane indicates that he was following the lead of Sun Ra horn player John Gilmore when developing this music and its worth while tracking down contemporary material from Gilmore to hear the comparison.

An essential listen for anyone who wants to understand the impact of Coltrane on the world of jazz.

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World of Jazz – 1st November 2012

The last show to be broadcast on Salford City Radio – the show will continue in podcast form on Mixcloud from next week…..

As a bit of a celebration a selection of my favourite jazz artists:

  • John Coltrane – Alabama – Live At Birdland
  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Dat Dere – The Complete Blue Note Recordings
  • Lee Morgan – Stormy Weather – Sonic Boom
  • Miles Davis – Shhh/Peaceful – In A Silent Way
  • Duke Ellington – Perdido –  Masterpieces 1926-1949
  • Roland Kirk – The Black & Crazy Blues – The Inflated Tear
  • Chet Baker – The Night We Called It A Day – Embraceable You
  • John Coltrane – Like Someone In Love – Lush Life

Listen here………

World of Jazz Radio Show – 13th September 2012

A wide variety of music from around the world this time round – with a closing number from the group I am going to see at the Band on the Wall in Manchester tomorrow night, Australian nu jazz maestros The Necks……listen here

1 Abdullah Ibrahim Black and Brown Cherries Voice of Africa
2 Gene Ammons Madame Queen The Boss Is Back
3 Dhafer Youssef Man of Wool Electric Sufi
4 Art Farmer Upper Manhatten Medical Group Something to Live For
5 Sonny Rollins Raincheck Worktime
6 Freddie Hubbard Asiatic Raes Goin’ Up
7 John Coltrane Mr PC Giant Steps
8 The Necks Silverwater (excerpt) Silverwater

World of Jazz – 16th August 2012

On this show which you can listen to here…..

1 John Abercrombie Nightlake Arcade
2 Marvin Peterson and the Soulmasters Summertime In concert : Live at the Burning Bush
3 Miles Davis Honky Tonk In Concert : Live at the Philharmonic Hall
4 Sonny Fortune In the Spirit In the spirit of John Coltrane
5 Grover Washington Jr Black Frost Mister Magic
6 Miles Davis Time After Time You’re Under Arrest
7 Nathan Davis Ruby My Dear Peace Treaty
8 Carol Saboya Bola de Mede Bola De Gude Sock Ball and Marbles Belezas
9 Miles Davis with John Coltrane Fran-Dance Konserthuset, Stockholm, March 22, 1960

World of Jazz – 19th July 2012

On this weeks show – which you can listen to here……

1 Stan Getz and Bill Evans Night and Day Stan Getz and Bill Evans
2 Bugge Wesseltoft Black Pearl Makes Dream IM
3 Dinah Washington Caravan Swingin’ Miss D
4 Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins The Jeep Is Jumpin’ Duke Ellington meets Coleman Hawkins
5 Billie Holiday What A Little Moonlight Can Do Stay With Me
6 Woody Shaw Zoltan Love Dance
7 Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard Desert Moonlight Double Take
8 Freddie Hubbard Byrdlike Rollin’
9 Donald Byrd Bup A Loup Fuego
10 John Coltrane Dearly Beloved Sun Ship

World of Jazz Radio Show – 12th July 2012

Listen to the show here:

1 Cannonball Adderley You Got It Live in San Francisco
2 Charles Williams Ain’t No Blues Stickball
3 Grover Washington Jr Love Makes It Better A Secret Place
4 Jimmy Smith A Subtle One Midnight Special
5 John Coltrane Africa (First Version) The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions
6 Miles Davis Flamenco Sketches Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary Edition
7 John Taylor Fable Angel of the Presence

World of Jazz – 31st May 2012

It’s all gone a bit funky on this show, blame the recent hot weather ….listen here.

1 Miles Davis Catembe Amandla
2 Ikembe Shakedown Pepper Ikembe Shakedown
3 Jack DeJohnette The Gri Gri Man Tin Can Alley
4 Jack McDuff Dit Do Dat Sophisticated Funk
5 Thelonious Monk Boo Boo’s Birthday Underground
6 Art Farmer and Benny Golson Easy Living Meet the Jazztet
7 Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears Livin’ In the Jungle Scandalous
8 Marcus Miller Mr Clean Renaissance
9 Miles Davis U ‘n’ I Star People
10 Monophonics Sure Is Funky In your Brain
11 Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane I Never Knew Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane