John Coltrane’s ‘Kulu Sé Mama’

John Coltrane’s ‘Kulu Sé Mama’ is an album ( two tracks with a large ensemble, four with the ‘classic quartet’) recorded on June 10 & 16, 1965 and October 14, 1965 and released In 1967 By Impulse!

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Track Listing : 1.Kulu Sé Mama (Juno Sé Mama) – 18:50 . 2.Vigil (John Coltrane) – 09:51 . 3.Welcome (John Coltrane) – 05:34 . 4.Selflessness (John Coltrane) – 14:49 . 5.Dusk Dawn (John Coltrane) – 11:00 . 6.Dusk Dawn[Alternate Take] (John Coltrane) – 09:29

Musicians : John Coltrane — Tenor Saxophone . Pharoah Sanders — Tenor Saxophone, Percussion On (1 – 4) . Mccoy Tyner — Piano On (1 – 3 – 4 – 5 -6) . Jimmy Garrison — Double Bass On (1 – 3 – 4 – 5 -6) . Donald Rafael Garrett — Bass Clarinet, Double Bass,Percussion On (1 – 4) . Frank Butler — Drums, Vocals On (1 – 4) . Elvin Jones — Drums . Juno Lewis — Vocals, Percussion, Conch Shell,Hand Drums On (1 – 4)

Production : Produced By Bob Thiele . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer . Kevin Reeves – Mastering

Package : Peter Keepnews – Liner Editor . David Wild – Liner Notes . Hollis King – Art Direction . Edward Odowd – Design . Chuck Stewart – Photography

Recorded On June 10 & 16 – 1965 (2 – 3 – 5 – 6) At Van Gelder Studio – Englewood Cliffs And October 14 – 1965 (1 – 4) At Western Recorders – Los Angeles.

Released In Early 1967 By Impulse!.

 John Coltrane

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RateYourMusic
An oddity in John’s discography – low key, ritualistic, introspective and largely influenced by African music. The central title-track is not particularly free, but is a wildly diverse and wonderfully textural highlight. […]

All About Jazz.
Kulu Sé Mama is essential listening for anyone interested in the immediate pre-history of astral jazz. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
Kulu Sé Mama induces a certainly interesting listening experience because it has such an abstract agenda. It is an album that reflects the traditional Bebop style of his earlier efforts, but we also see John Coltrane dwelling into the more experimental approach of his latter efforts. […]

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