John Coltrane - First Meditations (for quartet)
Label: Impulse / GRP | EAC img | FLAC+CUE+LOG | 287MB | scans
Whether legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane was inverting bebop chord structures or inducing meditational depth with his complex melodies, he seemed to shift gears and gain new expertise with every passing year in the 1960s. Not released initially until 1977, the music on this 1992 CD was the last recording made by the classic John Coltrane Quartet. Don't miss it! have fun!
6. Joy (alternate version)
All Compositions by John Coltrane
Recorded (1-5), on September 2, 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio. Track #6 recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco on September 22, 1965.
Digitally re-mastered by Robert Stoughton.
Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)
Review by Scott Yanow
Not released initially until 1977, the music on this 1992 CD was the last recording made by the classic John Coltrane Quartet; other slightly later records found the group augmented by additional musicians.
Four of the five movements on this release (which are augmented by a lengthier second version of "Joy") would become part of the better-known Meditations album (along with another movement) 2½-months later when tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and drummer Rashied Ali temporarily made the group a sextet. Coltrane (sticking here exclusively to tenor) plays passionately, alternating ferocious explorations with more lyrical sections.