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Like his greatest predecessors--Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis--John Coltrane forged a genuinely original relationship to the standard repertoire, whether he was simply embellishing a familiar melody with his... more »
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Like his greatest predecessors--Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis--John Coltrane forged a genuinely original relationship to the standard repertoire, whether he was simply embellishing a familiar melody with his luminous tone or transforming the rhythmic and harmonic underpinnings of a song to turn it into a vehicle for extended exploration. Those sides of Coltrane's art are both well-represented on this compilation of his Impulse recordings from the early '60s. On the lyrical side, his tenor saxophone exposition of "What's New" achieves a barely adorned perfection, while there's similar grace in his pairing with another consummate balladeer, singer Johnny Hartman, on "Lush Life" and "Autumn Serenade." A throbbing bass ostinato and a potent brass ensemble join with the serpentine coil of Coltrane's soprano to turn the traditional ballad "Greensleeves" into a hypnotic brew, while "Inch Worm," with Coltrane also on soprano, has a laughing humor all its own. It's on tenor, though, that Coltrane unleashes his greatest forces. "I Want to Talk About You," recorded live at Birdland, ends with a titanic cadenza (almost half the length of the performance) that's unrivalled in jazz recordings, testimony to Coltrane's invention as well as his sheer technical brilliance. "Out of This World" is recast with modal harmonies and polyrhythms into an extended performance of soaring power and searing intensity. At his best here, Coltrane wasn't just transforming his material; he was extending the expressive possibilities of music. --Stuart Broomer
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A nice introduction
p dizzle | augusta, georgia, USA | 09/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this collection feautures mr. coltrane from his period with impulse records, a time that saw the tenor giant move from his sheets of sound into his great quartet of himself, mccoy tyner on piano, jimmy garrison on bass, and elvin jones on drums. this quartet began expanding the form and sound of jazz into revolutionary directions that would culminate in mr. coltrane's great experiments in free jazz. here, the emphasis is on hearing mr. coltrane's work with standards, timeless popular songs used as the foundation for expressing oneself bending and playing within the tune. mr. coltrane shows his ability to give straight interpretations full of the feeling and emotion of the original songs, highlights being "lush life" and "autumn serenade" with johnny hartman on vocals. there also is the instrumental gem "what's new" from the "BALLADS" album. but mr. coltrane could also get inside a song, find a phrase or rhythm that intrigued him and use it for an exploration that would explode the original form and create music of blistering intensity and incomparable feeling, getting at the spirit and soul of the artist. highlights of that are "inch worm" and "greensleeves." all in all, this is an admirable compilation that gives snapshot of the genius that was john coltrane. great for starters."
Trane keeps rolling
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A must have for any Coltrane fan. Coltrane takes old standards from the Great American Songbook and makes them his own. Soft and lyrical. The album also has the added bonus of two cuts with Johnny Hartman on vocals, probably one of the best collaborations ever between musician and singer."
Not really a must for any Coltrane Fan!!!!
Stephen | Virginia Beach, VA USA | 10/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't going to touch this one, but a previous review is somewhat wrong. Coltrane fans already have all of this music (probably vinyl, old MCA cds and the newer digipacks). The truth is- this is a fairly well chosen set of impulse recordings. It would have been nice to have included wonderful standards from Atlantic like My Favorite Things and Every Time We Say Goodbye.I would caution those looking to buy this and other recent compilation releases- These contain nearly all of the material from Ballads, HArtmann and Ellington sets. If you even think your collection should include more than one Trane disc- get the originals. Trane carefully planned his sessions so that the albums were cohesive statements.This or the (I think more interesting) Spiritual compilations are definetly nice introductions."