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

World of Jazz – 24th May 2012

On this weeks show -listen in here

1 Carsten Dahl Experience Turkis Butterfly Metamorphosis
2 Dexter Gordon Soul Sister Dexter Calling
3 Hampton Hawes St Thomas The Green Leaves Of Summer
4 Indigo Jam Unit with Alicia Saldenha Funkier than a mosquito’s tweeter Rose
5 Komeda Quartet Kattorna Astigmatic
6 Max Roach Jodies Cha Cha Deeds No Words
7 Nancy Wilson (They Call It) Stormy Monday Something Wonderful
8 Ron Carter Rally Where?
9 Roy Hargrove presents the RH Factor Liquid Streets Hard Groove
10 John Coltrane Time After Time Stardust

World of Jazz Radio Show – 10th May 2012

On this weeks show – which can be heard here:

1 Austin Peralta The Underwater Mountain Odyssey Endless Planets
2 Cannonball Adderley The Sidewalks of New York Things are getting better
3 Ahmad Jamal Mystifying Picture Perfect
4 Etta Jones Yes Sir That’s My Baby Don’t go the strangers
5 John Coltrane Aisha Ole Coltrane
6 Terence Blanchard Touched By An Angel Choices
7 Thelonious Monk Blue Bolivar Blues Monk’s Dream
8 Codona Codona Codona
9 Oregon Margueritte Winter Light

Notes

  1. From the 2011 album on the Brainfeeder lable – piano prodigy Peralta delivering exciting modern jazz with the assistance of Zane Musa (alto sax), Ben Wendel (tenor and soprano), Hamilton Price (bass) and Zach Harmon (drums).
  2. Cannonball with an all star band from October 1958 on the Riverside lable with Percy Heath(bass), Art Blakey (drums), Wynton Kelly (piano) and Milt Jackson (vibes).
  3. Recorded in New York in 2000 and released on the Birdology lable –  Ahmad Jamal: piano; James Cammack : bass; Idris Muhammad: drums.
  4. This 1960 album was Etta’s  first album for  Prestige  , and although she  had been releasing records since 1944, including a dozen reords for RCA in 1946 and an album for King Records in 1957, she was treated as an overnight sensation when the title tune from the album went gold, hitting the Top 40 on the pop charts and reaching number five on the R&B charts.
  5. Classic ‘Trane from 1961 and a co-composition with McCoy Tyner – great solos from Freddie Hubbard and Eric Dolphy.
  6.  Blanchard’s debut recording on the Concord label from 2009. The band features pianist Fabian Almazan, with Derrick Hodge on bass, drummer Kendrick Scott,  Lionel Loueke on guitar and  saxophonist Walter Smith III.
  7. Columbia Records 1962 debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet of Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums).
  8. The name of the band, album and tracks are derived from the letters of the forenames of Collin Walcott (tabla, sitar), Don Cherry (tpt, p, hunter’s guitar), and Nana Vasconcelos (per). This is multi-ethnic improvisational music, emerging from Walcott’s interest in Eastern Indian rhythms and Vasconcelos’s Brazilian heritage.
  9. Walcott appears again here with Paul McCandless, Glen Moore and Ralph Towner which was the classic Oregon line up. A 1974 release on the Vanguard Lable.

World of Jazz – 22nd March 2012

This show focuses on the first great Miles Davis Quintet and their album recorded as part of two mammoth sessions from May and October 1956 which resulted in four great albums Cookin’, Workin’, Relaxin’ and the one being featured tonight – Steamin’.

For context I am also featuring tracks from each of the side-men in the quintet….

Miles Davis (trumpet), Red Garland (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums).

You can hear the show via this link

1 Miles Davis Surry with the Fringe on Top Steamin’
2 Paul Chambers Dear Anne Whims of Chambers
3 Miles Davis Something I Dreamed Last Night Steamin’
4 Red Garland What is this thing called love A Garland of Red
5 Miles Davis Well You Needn’t Steamin’
6 John Coltrane Soultrane Mating Call
7 Miles Davis When I Fall In Love Steamin’
8 Philly Joe Jones Minor Mode Showcase
9 Miles Davis Salt Peanuts Steamin’
10 John Coltrane On A Misty Night Mating Call