John Coltrane records ‘Live at the Village Vanguard’ with Eric Dolphy, Mccoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones (1961)

John Coltrane‘s ‘Live at the Village Vanguard’ is his tenth album, recorded on November 2–3, 1961 with McCoy Tynerr, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones and released In March 1962 by Impulse! Records.

Track Listing : 1.Spiritual (John Coltrane) – 13:47 . 2.Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein Ii) – 06:36 . 3.Chasin’ The Trane (John Coltrane) – 16:08

Musicians : John Coltrane – Soprano Saxophone On (1); Tenor Saxophone On (1 – 3) . Eric Dolphy – Bass Clarinet On (1) . Mccoy Tyner – Piano On (1 – 2) . Reggie Workman – Bass On (1 – 2) . Jimmy Garrison – Bass On (3) . Elvin Jones – Drums

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

Package : Robert Flynn – Cover Design . Nat Hentoff – Liner Notes . Hollis King – Art Direction

Recorded On November 2–3, 1961 At Village Vanguard, New York City.

Released In March 1962 By Impulse! Records.

(Source John Coltrane – Live! at the Village Vanguard | The Official Site)


vandaleyes @ RateYourMusic
“Softy as in a Morning Sunrise” is a bit harder to take after “Spiritual”, since it follows a much more conventional jazz structure. This isn’t to say it disappoints; it’s just on a different plane. Its title is appropriate, featuring McCoy Tynerr leading on piano until Coltrane’s otherworldly sax playing takes hold to blast that baby into the cosmos. […]

All About Jazz
Coltrane was uncompromising in his vision during these four nights. These performances can be considered the beginning of Coltrane’s musical research that would consume him for the rest of his life. […]

100 Greatest Jazz Albums
Unlike so many of his recorded live performances where you are left in awe of the music but wishing that you could have heard it with the clarity in which it was performed, here the Village Vanguard venue really does seem to have delivered the best of both worlds – the sound quality of a recording studio …. and the rapport and communication between the performers and a small but intent audience. […]


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