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Dear Old Stockholm
John Coltrane
Dear Old Stockholm
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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This CD pairs two unusual Coltrane sessions made when Elvin Jones was absent from the saxophonist's quartet. His replacement on both occasions was the estimable Roy Haynes. A superb drummer who had worked regularly in the ...  more »


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All Artists: John Coltrane
Title: Dear Old Stockholm
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 2/16/1993
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011105012027

This CD pairs two unusual Coltrane sessions made when Elvin Jones was absent from the saxophonist's quartet. His replacement on both occasions was the estimable Roy Haynes. A superb drummer who had worked regularly in the preceding years with Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk, Haynes brought his own distinctive touch to the quartet's chemistry, an almost lacy dance around the beat and a lighter touch than Jones's powerful polyrhythms. The 1963 session produced "After the Rain," one of Coltrane's most majestic invocations, and "Dear Old Stockholm," the folk tune first recorded by Stan Getz. Here it receives an extended exploration of its minor mode, capped by a beautiful Coltrane cadenza. The 1965 session finds Coltrane in one of his most tumultuous periods, bringing singular intensity and convoluted invention to "After the Crescent" and "One Down, One Up," and meditative depth to "Dear Lord." --Stuart Broomer

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A powerful and tender classic.
jazzfanmn | St Cloud, MN United States | 12/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Dear Old Stockholm is one of the lesser known albums from Coltrane's time at the Impulse! lable. Featuring a modified version of his classic quartet including McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Roy Haynes sitting for an absent Elvin Jones on drums. Never one to be lacking in passionate, breathtaking performances Coltrane, sticking exclusively to tenor on this cd, displays his full range as a musician. From the tender "After the Rain" and soulful "Dear Lord", through his straight ahead take on an old chestnut from his days with Miles Davis "Dear Old Stockholm", to the churning, fearsome, firey roar of "One Down, One Up" and "After the Crescent" 'Trane puts on a full display of the steely tone, superhuman endurance, and obsessivly honed technique that helped make him an icon. In the cd liner notes, Roy Haynes speaks of how much he enjoyed playing with Coltrane, and how he felt challenged to keep him inspired and not let him down. Haynes delivers. His drumming is, at times, almost as powerful as Coltrane's tenor, this is one of his greatest moments on record. As always McCoy Tyner's piano is lyrical and inspired. His dense chording, coupled with Garrison's throbbing, pulsing basswork providing the flexible evolving framework neccessary to keep Coltrane and Haynes flying on the intense tracks. Tyner also displays his ballad touch with a lovely solo on "Dear Lord". This cd is one of contrasts. It has equal parts of tenderness and ferocity and is one of the best, if lesser known sessions from the early phase of Coltrane's final creative period. A definate must for fans of late period Coltrane."
Ole Skipper | Aarhus, Denmark | 02/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The tracks on this cd were recorded in 1963 and 1965, with Roy Haynes on drums sitting in for Elvin Jones. And what a difference a drummer makes! This is not better (Elvis WAS of course the ultimate Coltrane-drummer), but the music takes new and unexpected turns, backed by Haynes' crisp, intelligent playing. The 1963-track "After the Rain" is essential Trane in its quiet, visionary majesty. The two long, rather too similar 1965-tracks "One Down, One Up" and "After the Crescent" set new levels of intensity and find Coltrane at the brink of his late, screaming sound. Somehow McCoy Tyner seems to benefit more from Haynes' playing than Coltrane. The interplay between Tyner and Haynes on these two long tracks is stunning and Tyners' solos are intensely powerful. "Dear Lord" is again quiet and serenely beautiful. 4½ stars."
I need help.
fluffy, the human being. | forest lake, mn | 04/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Dear God, i can't stop listening to john coltrane albums! i've been on a two week bender now. lost my job. my car was repossessed. yesterday the old lady took off, saying, "you care about that old saxophone player more than you care about me!" and, Lord help me, she was right. "don't let the door hit you in that nasty behind of yours, on the way out," was all that i shouted back, as i cranked up the stereo even louder. the album playing was another of his classic Impulse releases, "dear old stockholm," from sessions made in 1963 and 1965. what a great album, man. the title track, which is first up, had me laughing and dancing, then comes the beautiful "after the rain," and i'm like crying my butt off. but "one down, one up," brings me right back up. all that emotional coltrane energy pouring into my soul, like a drug, baby. i am soooo addicted, it's not funny. "after the crescent" is more fire-music, more of trane's soul served up hot and fresh. and then the last track "Dear Lord," has me weeping like a little child again. such a gorgeous ballad. each note as pretty as a woman's behind. man, i need help! i love this music, but i have to pay the bills, have to do something else besides listening to trane all day and all night. still, with that said, hear i sit, listening to "Like Sonny," and all that i can really think about is what coltrane masterpiece am i going to listen to next?