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Ascension

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
ASCENSION is where John Coltrane drew the line in the sand and dared others to cross. From here on in, the iconic saxophonist was committed to exploring the outer edges of jazz. One of his most innovative and demanding recordings, ASCENSION is often compared to Ornette Coleman's monumental FREE JAZZ; both recordings consist of a single extended, open-ended improvisation made by an enlarged ensemble. Coltrane's piece, recorded four years after Coleman's, is both denser in instrumental texture and strikingly more dissonant. With avant terrors Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders blaring their saxophones, the music flirts with chaos, but "Ascension," like "Free Jazz," never...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
ASCENSION is where John Coltrane drew the line in the sand and dared others to cross. From here on in, the iconic saxophonist was committed to exploring the outer edges of jazz. One of his most innovative and demanding recordings, ASCENSION is often compared to Ornette Coleman's monumental FREE JAZZ; both recordings consist of a single extended, open-ended improvisation made by an enlarged ensemble. Coltrane's piece, recorded four years after Coleman's, is both denser in instrumental texture and strikingly more dissonant. With avant terrors Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders blaring their saxophones, the music flirts with chaos, but "Ascension," like "Free Jazz," never loses a sense of discernible swing; thanks, in Coltrane's case, to the great drum dynamo Elvin Jones. While this work may be a departure from 'Trane classics "Giant Steps" and "My Favorite Things," those willing to follow Coltrane's daring muse will find incalculable rewards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Import [generic]
  • EAN: 4988005271563
  • Catalog Number: 9014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ascension (40:56)
  2. 2 Ascension (38:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Marion Brown Alto Saxophone
Art Davis Bass
Elvin Jones Drums
Archie Shepp Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Garrison Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Dewey Johnson Trumpet
Pharoah Sanders Tenor Saxophone
John Tchicai Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Bob Thiele Producer
A.B. Spellman Liner Notes
Hollis King Art Direction
Ben Young Reissue Research
Tom Greenwood Reissue Research, Reissue Production Coordination
Joe Lebow Liner Design
Lewis Porter Liner Notes
Robert Flynn Cover Design
Carlos Kase Reissue Research, Reissue Production Coordination
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Production Supervisor
John Wriggle Reissue Production Assistance
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the intensely innovative musicians of this century.

    It is humorous to witness hip-hop emcees who believe they are so intense and gritty. It's obvious, none of these guys have heard of John Coltrane. With the exception of the Wu, I don't think any of these artists can go much beyond three minutes and still be saying something-- let alone forty! This might not be your mother's or girlfriend's favorite CD, even though it should be. As a matter of fact, if I meet a woman who is into this as much as I am, I'll probably ask her to marry me. When you listen to this CD, you must forget everything you ever knew about music. Here's why. 99% of all musicians play what the audience wants to hear. This is obviously because the entertainer wants the audience to have a good time, but Coltrane takes this to another level. Instead of haveing a good time, Coltrane plays as if he wants you to have a good life-- a wholesome life. I cannot lie and say this album is like Giant Steps, but I can say the two are similar in that both show an artist striving for perfection-- whether professional or spiritual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow...

    This CD is mind-blowing. Simply superb. Not reccomended if you are not familiar with Coltrane (specificaly A Love Supreme), though. Coltrane's soloing and, later the rest of the band (often at the same time) is amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT CD

    IT IS A GREAT ALBUM HE ABONDONS ALL RULES ON COHRD CHANGES AND JAZZ CONVENTIONALISM

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