Ascension

Ascension

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by John Coltrane
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454341325
catalogNumber:
543413

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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
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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Ascension [Editions I and II] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT IS A GREAT ALBUM HE ABONDONS ALL RULES ON COHRD CHANGES AND JAZZ CONVENTIONALISM