John Coltrane records his final concert in New-York : ‘The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording’ (1967)

John Coltrane‘s ‘The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording’ is his final live recording made in New York on April 23, 1967 and released in 2001 by Impulse!.

Track Listing : 1.Introduction By Billy Taylor – 0:35 . 2.Ogunde (John Coltrane) – 28:25 . 3.My Favorite Things (Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Richard Rodgers) – 34:38

Musicians : John Coltrane – Soprano And Tenor Saxophone . Rashied Ali – Drums . Alice Coltrane – Piano . Algie Dewitt – Batá Drum . Jimmy Garrison – Double Bass . Pharoah Sanders – Tenor Saxophone . Juma Santos – Percussion

Production : Produced By Bryan Koniarz Bernard Drayton – Engineer

Recorded On April 23, 1967 At Olatunji Center Of African Culture, New York City, New York.

Released In 2001 By Impulse!.

(Source John Coltrane‘s ‘The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording’ | The Official Site)


Yet, the sadness this evokes is overwhelmed by the pure beauty of a man being rebirthed, recreatedand reimagined. The Last Live Recording is a deliriously scattered mess of joy and pain, intermingled and bound up within Coltrane’s unbridled and luminescent energy. […]

When beloved artists die, we often wonder what they would have done with their music had they lived, even if their music had been in decline at the time of death. In Coltrane’s case, considering his music’s record of change and growth, it is a safe bet that it was going to change drastically again. […]

All About Jazz
Composed almost entirely of violently shifting textures and a commitment to dissonance that all but blasphemes melody and musical forms, this document of John Coltrane‘s last recorded concert from April ’67 is decidedly horrific, threateningand appropriately staggering. […]


John Coltrane‘s ‘The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording’


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