John Coltrane records ‘Ascension’ with Mccoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp et al (1966)

John Coltrane‘s ‘Ascension’ is an album of continuous performance without breaks recorded on June 28, 1965 and released in February 1966 by Impulse!

Track Listing : 1.Edition I/Ascension (John Coltrane) – 38:30 . 2.Edition Ii/Ascension (John Coltrane) – 40:49

Chuck Stewart

Musicians : John Coltrane – Tenor Saxophone . Mccoy Tyner – Piano . Jimmy Garrison – Bass . Elvin Jones – Drums . Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet . Dewey Johnson – Trumpet . Marion Brown – Alto Saxophone . John Tchicai – Alto Saxophone . Pharoah Sanders – Tenor Saxophone . Archie Shepp – Tenor Saxophone . Art Davis – Bass

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

Package : Robert Flynn – Cover Design . Hollis King – Art Direction . Joe Lebow – Liner Design . A.B. Spellman – Liner Notes . Charles Chuck Stewart – Cover Photo

Recorded On June 28, 1965 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In February 1966 By Impulse!.

(Source John Coltrane‘s ‘Ascension’ | The Official Site)


At around 40 minutes it can be a difficult listen, not necessarily something you would pop on the turntable as background when the family drop round for Christmas drinks. It is fairly intense. […]

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There are a number of pivotal recordings that fostered the early development of free jazz but Coltrane’s Ascension remains at the apex. […]
In any case, we recommend you listen to only one version per sitting, because this is difficult, trying music. Some would call it chaotic. […]


John Coltrane‘s ‘Ascension’


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