Disc one: 1/ Afro Blue (Santamaria) 38.49 2/ Peace On Earth (J. Coltrane) 26.24 Disc two: 1/ Crescent (J. Coltrane) 54.34 Disc three: 1/ Peace On Earth (J. Coltrane) 25.04 2/ Leo (J. Coltrane) 44.51 Disc four: 1/ My Favorite Things (Rodgers,Hammerstein) 57.19 Discs I and II recorded at Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo on July 11, 1966 Discs III and IV recorded at Sankei Hall in Tokyo on July 22, 1966 Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna Mastered by Michael Landy and Joseph Doughney at the Review Room, NYCJohn Coltrane: soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion; Pharoah Sanders: alto saxop[hone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion; Alice Coltrane: piano; Jimmy Garrison: bass; Rashied Ali: drums.
1973 - Impulse! Records (USA) (2x12") 1991 - Impulse! Records (USA), GRD-4-102 (4CD)Note: The original 1973 release only contained disc III.
Zenobios@aol.com (courtesy of Amazon.com website)
This very interesting four-CD set contains two sets of music by the 1966 John Coltrane Quintet, recorded in Tokyo, Japan. Most of the music had not been released in the United States until 1991. Coltrane (heard on tenor, soprano and alto) engages in some ferocious interplay with Pharoah Sanders (on tenor, alto and bass clarinet), pianist Alice Coltrane, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Rashied Ali; fans of Trane's earlier records may not like these atonal flights. However listeners who enjoy avant-garde jazz will find many stirring moments among the very lengthy performances. The shortest piece is the 25-minute version of "Peace on Earth" and "My Favorite Things" goes on for over 57 minutes.
Scott Yanow (courtesy of All Music Guide website)
While this isn't my favorite Trane album, you really have to give it 5 stars. What else can you say about an album with 2 60+minute tunes? Sometimes everything doesn't click, true, but the fact that these musicians had the grapefruits to explore and let their music unfold for 60 minutes deserves the highest accolades. I, personally, find this period of Trane's playing to be his best. He was searching for a higher meaning in his life, and you can hear it in his music. Not always clean and perfect technique, but always a beautiful sonic landscape is created for us, the listeners. This is definately not for the casual jazz listener or beginning Coltrane fan. It IS for the hardcore Coltrane junkie, or for those who want to be shocked, and have their ideas of what is traditional jazz challenged.
Papakwanzaa (courtesy of Amazon.com website)