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Live at the Village Vanguard (Reis) (Rstr)
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Ken D. (Allthatjazz)
Reviewed on 6/4/2009...
Please note that the Lindsay Planer AMG review refers to the four disc Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings of Coltrane, this particular CD is a straight reissue of the original three track LP released in the series.
Fans of Coltrane and Eric Dolphy are advised to search for the larger boxed set.
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William R. Nicholas | Mahwah, NJ USA | 11/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Coltrane may have made more stirring albums than Live at the Village Vangaurd, but he never made a more important one.
It is not his playing, or his new band's, which did far better work later. It is not the songs he picked. It is not that this was his best show, becuase it was not.
But it is arguably the first live jazz album that made use of wide open spaces, modes over chords. There are chords here--this is not modal jazz in the strict sense. But these are so extended, it gave Trane, and the band, a chance to open up and play long solos without having to worry about changing chords on the next bar. This freed not only their soloing, but every jazz solo player of the 60s.
Now, I hear those little jazz wheels turning in your pretty little jazz head: Yes. Miles did do this on Kind Of Blue. But the songs there were neat little studio minitures, nuacned to make a perfect sublime album that people could play on their Heathkit tube amplifiers, drinking martinis after Gunsmoke or Jack Benny. Vangaurd is wild improvosation--all the edges hang out.
In retrospect, this is not the best jazz show ever, but as far as invention and the starting point for jazz in the 60s, this towers over almost everything else."
Decent live Coltrane
Anthony Cooper | Louisville, KY United States | 07/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This fairly short (36 minute) CD has some pretty good performances by the Coltrane-Tyner-Workman-Jones quartet, with Eric Dolphy guesting on "Spiritual". "Spiritual" starts somewhat slowly, then gets moving about 4 minutes in. Coltrane hands off to Dolphy, who's playing bass clarinet. Coltrane comes back, and the playing is almost like an easy preview of "Love Supreme". "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" starts with McCoy Tyner's piano. Coltrane plays a breezy soprano solo throughout the second half of the song. "Chasin' The Trane" seems pretty improvised. This is the wildest track. Towards the end, Coltrane starts to overblow and use some other free jazz techniques. Unfortunately, the rest of the band hasn't caught up with him yet, robbing some of the effect of the techniques.
This is a pretty good CD, but of the live Coltrane disks, I recommend getting "My Favorite Things: Coltrane At Newport" or "One Down, One Up Live At The Half Note" first. Those CD's were recorded later, tie everything together better, and sound 'live-er'.