John Coltrane – Live At The Village Vanguard (1962/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:42 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Verve Reissues

The recordings made by John Coltrane and his band at the Village Vanguard over four nights in early November 1961 had to be divided up over two LPs at the time, collectively ranked by All About Jazz at number two on its list of the 10 best live jazz records. For these performances Coltrane expanded his usual lineup to include Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, which brought new possibilities to the front line and to the music performed during the four nights. Live At The Village Vanguard has gone on to become one of Coltrane’s most successful releases.

This set documents the four-night stand by John Coltrane (sax) and his quintet at the Village Vanguard in New York City, November 1 — 5, 1961. Although these are not newly discovered tapes — as the majority of the selections have turned up on no less than five separate releases — their restoration is significant in assessing motifs in Coltrane’s [read: multi-show] live appearances. Coltrane is accompanied by an all-star ensemble of Eric Dolphy (alto sax/bass clarinet), Garvin Bushell (oboe/contrabassoon), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (oud), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Reggie Workman (bass), Elvin Jones (drums), and Roy Haynes (drums). Their presence is as equally vital as Coltrane’s — inspiring as well as informing the dimensions of improvisation. With the knowledge that the entire run was being documented to create some sort of retail document, Coltrane chose nine specific compositions to concentrate on. The choice of material likewise had a tremendous impact on the personnel of the band — evidenced by Bushnell’s contributions during “Spiritual” and Abdul-Malik’s within the context of the extended “India.” Each set bears its own distinctive shading and emphasis. Parties wishing to hear the run in its entirety are encouraged to check out the multi-disc Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (1997) as there are multiple takes of the same songs. This allows even the most unsophisticated jazz consumer the opportunity to note the difference in the various versions, while contrasting the player’s widely diverse performance styles. The highly recommended box set also includes a nine-panel fold out poster, 48-page liner notes booklet — with a complete discography for the included material — and other ephemera, such as rarely published photographs. ~~ AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer

01 – Spiritual
02 – Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
03 – Chasin’ The Trane

John Coltrane — soprano saxophone on “1 & 2”; tenor saxophone on “1 & 3”
Eric Dolphy — bass clarinet on “1”
McCoy Tyner — piano on “1 & 2”
Reggie Workman — bass on “1 & 2”
Jimmy Garrison — bass on “3”
Elvin Jones — drums


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