Much of the album is deeply rhapsodic, and despite an attempt by liner note writer Frank Kofsky to contextualize it as something out of Leon Trotsky's permament revolution, the only horses The John Coltrane Quartet Plays might frighten would be very buttoned down or very nervous.
Ascension , recorded in June and released in February a second version, replacing the original "Ascension" with an alternative take at Coltrane's request, was released a few months later, and is included here , is undeniably iconoclastic.
But it's hard to hear it as anything other than creative and nutritious jazz. The theme is a short sequence of notes, not unlike the "Acknowledgement" motif on A Love Supreme , to which the ensemble return, in ragged glory, at the conclusion of each individual solo.
Coltrane provided some scales to be used as the bases for improvisation. Nothing else was pre-written. Ascension is a magnificent and monumental work, full of passionate, newly-wrought improvisation, a rough diamond to set alongside any other landmark album in Coltrane's discography.
Kulu Se Mama , recorded in June and October and released in January , sees Coltrane return, for the near nineteen minute title track, to the larger band format introduced on Ascension. This time the band is an eight-piece, again with Sanders on second tenor saxophone, and it is percussion rather than horn heavy. If it had been recorded in the s, "Kulu Se Mama" might be labelled jam band or groove jazz.
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Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Top reviews from United Kingdom. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Buy this for the Archie Shepp set. It's marvellous and the remastering is an improvement on any other version I've heard. There is still a touch of distortion at times on Barre Phillips' bass but this isn't too intrusive in such great music.
Then "mini-LP-sleeve" CD's may be for you. Mini-sleeve CDs are manufactured in Japan under license. An English-language lyric sheet is always included, even if the original LP did not have printed lyrics. There also may be bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere. Each Japan mini-sleeve has an "obi" "oh-bee" , a removable Japan-language promotional strip. The obi lists the Japan street date of that particular release, the catalog number, the mastering info, and often the original album's release date.
Bonus tracks are only listed on the obi, maintaining the integrity of the original LP artwork. The obi's are collectable, and should not be discarded. There are anomalies all throughout his career, and one can only generalise. Sun Ra always maintained he created his music for particular places and spaces, so for example albums recorded at The Squat — a left wing activist arts establishment — are usually fairly hard core Voice of Etarnal Tomorrow.
He also maintains he never played free form and that all his music is composed an directed. Coltrane would agree. Forget hi fi with Sun ra.
Some of his best material was recorded at rehearsal in the band house and is fairly lo-fi — no matter how early the matrix number on the vinyl. After listening to Sun Ra since the late 70s I continue to find stuff that is surprising and always inspiring. The breadth and depth of his music is astounding. Thank you for your insight, Graham, my bewilderment has expanded exponentially. I am trying to take in over a weekend what some have learned over twenty years.
That he adapted according to the playing setting makes sense of a number of the stylistic zigzags. But I love early Sun Ra. Indeed Mingus and Ellington meet in outer space. Jazz in Silouhette is the one. What a journey through Jazz. One of the best. The Impulse! Sun Ra reissues are beautiful things with new cover art that was completely different from the Saturn originals.
I am particularly fond of the Magic City gatefold which is very surreal. Unfortunately the sonics are a bit sketchy but not quite as bad as some people make out. But it needs to be listened to in detail and all the way through like a story or, as has been said before, a parable. But they have never been very well realised.
However the MFIT releases are very good and should be available in a better format once the iTunes licence ends in All just lovely stuff. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. DPReview Digital Photography. East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
Deals and Shenanigans. Ring Smart Home Security Systems. PillPack Pharmacy Simplified. Amazon Renewed Like-new products you can trust. Ascension [Edition II] Compassion Coltrane Love Coltrane Consequences Coltrane Vigil Coltrane While it's true that many musicians recorded often during the '50s and '60s -- recorded sessions paid as well or better than gigs for sidemen anyway -- when given the range of expression and growth found here, this is an astonishing accomplishment, especially given the consistent quality of the music.2. One Down, One Up 3. My Favorite Things 4. Spoken Introduction To Archie Shepp's Set By Billy Taylor 5. Gingerbread, Gingerbread Boy 6. Call Me By My Rightful Name 7. Scag 8. Rufus (Swung His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped) 9. Le Matin Des Noire Personnel The John Coltrane Quartet John Coltrane – tenor saxophone on "One.