Infinity

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Recorded at several sessions in the two years prior to his death but not issued until 1972, Infinity was the subject of much controversy among Coltrane aficionados when it finally appeared. The horror on the part of Coltrane purists was directed to the posthumous string arrangements written by Alice Coltrane, his widow, which were grafted onto the performances. But however much the strings softened or unnecessarily augmented the music, it must be said that Alice Coltrane really didn't do such a bad job and the ultimate result is an unusual and oddly attractive work. The juxtaposition of the fiery, very free playing of late Coltrane against the dreamy, consonant strings ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Recorded at several sessions in the two years prior to his death but not issued until 1972, Infinity was the subject of much controversy among Coltrane aficionados when it finally appeared. The horror on the part of Coltrane purists was directed to the posthumous string arrangements written by Alice Coltrane, his widow, which were grafted onto the performances. But however much the strings softened or unnecessarily augmented the music, it must be said that Alice Coltrane really didn't do such a bad job and the ultimate result is an unusual and oddly attractive work. The juxtaposition of the fiery, very free playing of late Coltrane against the dreamy, consonant strings is seductively appealing and one might even make the argument that, given the increasing mystical proclivities of his later years and the presence of Eastern instruments in his ensemble, he may well have approved. The pieces include some of his more powerful late compositions such as "Leo" and "Peace on Earth," and his playing with a rare smidgen of bass clarinet is typically inspired, if not reaching the raging heights of releases like Live in Japan. Whatever problems the Coltrane ideologue may have with his wife's embroideries, Infinity still deserves a place in his/her collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 602527790206
  • Catalog Number: 001595402
  • Sales rank: 139,586

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peace on Earth (8:32)
  2. 2 Living Space (10:28)
  3. 3 Joy (7:55)
  4. 4 Leo (9:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Rashied Ali Percussion, Strings
Elvin Jones Strings, Drums
Jimmy Garrison Bass, Soloist
McCoy Tyner Piano
Murray Adler Violin, Concert Master
Ray Appleton Percussion, Strings
Alice Coltrane Organ, Piano, Harp, Timpani, Vibes, Tambura
Rollice Dale Viola
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
James Getzoff Violin
Charlie Haden Bass
Myra Kestenbaum Viola
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Pharoah Sanders Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Vinci Violin
Michael White Violin
Oran Coltrane Strings, Bells
Gordon Marron Violin
Technical Credits
Baker Bigsby Engineer
Alice Coltrane String Arrangements, Inspiration, String Conductor
John Coltrane Composer
Ed Michel Producer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Producer
Jo Almeida Photo Coordination
Teresa Tsuzaki Licensing
Richard Taylor Illustrations
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  • Posted February 22, 2012

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    Deeply Moving

    If you don't like Coltrane then you don't believe in God.

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