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Sun Ship (Reis)
John Coltrane
Sun Ship (Reis)
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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All Artists: John Coltrane
Title: Sun Ship (Reis)
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 10/10/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011105016728, 008811064723, 011105116718, 011105116725, 011105016711

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The Sun Ship, headed straight for the molten core
G B | Connecticut | 07/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sun Ship is one of my favorite "late" Coltrane albums; this was among the last recordings made by the Classic Quartet, and strikes just the perfect balance between the burning intensity and expressionism of Ascension and the modality of earlier recordings. Coltrane's mastery over the tenor saxophone is complete here, screaming and honking with ferocity as the thundering rhythm section of Tyner and Jones pushes him forward and upward on "Sun Ship" (the agitated, tense theme of this tune is awesome) and "Amen". The prayer-like ballads, "Attaining" and "Dearly Beloved", are just as volcanic. And the closer, "Ascent", features a lengthy (but not over-long) bass solo which sets up Coltrane's entrance perfectly as he proceeds to launch into the stratosphere. This is heady music, and not for the faint at heart; but those who like A Love Supreme will find a lot of touchstones here, and some of the other factors that turn people off from late Coltrane (Pharaoh Sanders, the horn dialogues) are absent. There's just the classic four here, taking the Quartet format as far as it will go. This and the John Coltrane Quartet Plays are perfect intros to this period in Trane's music. Absolutely essential to any Coltrane collection!"
Coltrane's Tribute
Heavy Theta | Lorton, Va United States | 08/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is often described as transitional, as Coltrane moved from the classic quartet to the undiluted energy music of his final phase. But it's title gives away another important aspect of these sessions. John Coltrane's was hugely influenced by John Gilmore, and even took lessons from the less celebrated virtuoso just as he was setting up the quartet. Gilmore spent his career with Sun Ra, and '65-'66 was the height of the Arkestra's awesome power. It was the time of Gilmore's most adventurous solos, making sounds that only the brilliant Coltrane could hope to emulate. It would not be the first time that Coltrane managed to harness his influences into a uniquely successful vehicle."
Coltrane at his most powerful
hedged | NY United States | 12/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although "A Love Supreme" is generally regarded as Coltrane's most emotional album, "Sun Ship" tops it in intensity and passion. The music is volatile, from lush McCoy Tyner passages and Coltrane themes, to Elvin Jones's furious percussion and Coltrane's atonal improvisation. Coltrane's solos on the title track and "Amen" are guaranteed to give you goosebumps, if you "get" his later stuff."