Live Trane: The European Tours

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
There?s a whole lot to digest on this seven-disc, set but it?s worth every second you give to it. Recorded over the course of three European tours that John Coltrane took in 1961, '62, and '63, these essential sides -- many previously unreleased in the U.S.-- capture the saxophonist at a middle-period peak -- his playing firmly matured while not yet tipping toward the deep waters of the avant-garde. His bandmates are in superb form as well, including pianist McCoy Tyner, Drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Six of the seven discs feature this ?classic quartet,? but the first disc includes an earlier bassist, Reggie Workman, plus alto saxophonist and flute...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
There’s a whole lot to digest on this seven-disc, set but it’s worth every second you give to it. Recorded over the course of three European tours that John Coltrane took in 1961, '62, and '63, these essential sides -- many previously unreleased in the U.S.-- capture the saxophonist at a middle-period peak -- his playing firmly matured while not yet tipping toward the deep waters of the avant-garde. His bandmates are in superb form as well, including pianist McCoy Tyner, Drummer Elvin Jones, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Six of the seven discs feature this “classic quartet,” but the first disc includes an earlier bassist, Reggie Workman, plus alto saxophonist and flute player Eric Dolphy, whose impassioned improvising almost gives Coltrane a run for his money. It’s hard to pinpoint highlights: The Coltrane group is steaming throughout, each member nudging the other to greater heights of creativity. There’s plenty to compare, though, with six versions of “My Favorite Things,” five versions of “Impressions,” and other repeated songs. But it’s the performances rather than the material that counts, of course, and the playing of Coltrane and company is on a par with that of any classic releases from this time period. Exhaustive? Yes. Glorious nonetheless? Undoubtedly.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The seven-CD set Live Trane expands upon Pablo's earlier CDs of John Coltrane recorded during his European tours between 1961 and 1963, including all of The Paris Concert, Bye Bye Blackbird, The European Tour, and Afro Blue Impressions, and supplementing them with extra songs from most of these concerts. Of the 37 tracks, 19 have not previously appeared commercially except on a number of European bootleg labels with sound ranging from barely acceptable to horrendous, and a 1961 Hamburg concert with Eric Dolphy makes its debut here. A number of titles are repeated throughout the set -- six takes of "My Favorite Things" and five versions of both "Impressions" and "Mr. P.C.," along with four takes of "Naima" -- but true Coltrane fans will marvel at the differences between them from one concert to the next. Coltrane plays at a consistently high level throughout each performance, whether delivering a blistering tenor sax solo on "Blue Train" or sharing his lush side with the tender ballad "Naima." Naturally, the highlights are the numerous versions of "My Favorite Things," featuring Coltrane's adventurous work on soprano sax. But these live versions have an even greater energy than the landmark studio recording, particularly those with the addition of Dolphy on flute. Coltrane rarely ventures away from the mic during his furious solos, and pianist McCoy Tyner and bassist Jimmy Garrison are frequently barely audible during many of the performances, obviously due to the often cavernous venues that didn't necessarily lend themselves to making records, yet the sound is greatly improved over earlier issues of this material. Elvin Jones' powerful drumming serves as a catalyst throughout the entire set. Coltrane and his musicians are clearly inspired by the enthusiastic audiences who witnessed the making of this music. This is an essential set for Coltrane fans.
Downbeat
Even for [completists and connoisseurs] the decision to purchase this well-wrought box set will be no-brainer.

Even for [completists and connoisseurs] the decision to purchase this well-wrought box set will be no-brainer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Pablo
  • UPC: 025218443326
  • Catalog Number: 4433
  • Sales rank: 77,424

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Impressions (11:17)
  2. 2 My Favorite Things (25:16)
  3. 3 Blue Train (8:58)
  4. 4 Naima (4:08)
  5. 5 Impressions (7:22)
  6. 6 My Favorite Things (20:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mr. P.C. (11:20)
  2. 2 Miles' Mode (10:38)
  3. 3 My Favorite Things (19:16)
  4. 4 Norman Granz Introduction (1:42)
  5. 5 Bye Bye Blackbird (19:48)
  6. 6 The Inch Worm (10:17)
  7. 7 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (4:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mr. P.C. (15:16)
  2. 2 My Favorite Things (23:58)
  3. 3 The Inch Worm (7:09)
  4. 4 Mr. P.C. (15:07)
  5. 5 Naima (9:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Traneing In (18:46)
  2. 2 Bye Bye Blackbird (17:54)
  3. 3 Impressions (8:04)
  4. 4 Swedish Introduction (1:09)
  5. 5 Traneing In (11:50)
  6. 6 Mr. P.C. (18:27)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Naima (6:49)
  2. 2 The Promise (6:57)
  3. 3 Spiritual (12:24)
  4. 4 Impressions (11:35)
  5. 5 I Want to Talk About You (9:54)
  6. 6 My Favorite Things (13:56)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Mr. P.C. (26:31)
  2. 2 Lonnie's Lament (10:13)
  3. 3 Naima (8:04)
  4. 4 Chasin' the Trane (5:44)
  5. 5 My Favorite Things (21:04)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Afro Blue (7:42)
  2. 2 Cousin Mary (9:54)
  3. 3 I Want to Talk About You (8:26)
  4. 4 Impressions (27:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Eric Dolphy Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Elvin Jones Drums
Jimmy Garrison Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Reggie Workman Bass
Technical Credits
Kirk Felton Digital Editing
David Luke Digital Editing
Neil Tesser Liner Notes, Essay
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Deb Sibony Booklet Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stellar performances; less than ideal sound quality.

    This set is essential for the Trane affectionatos, such as myself, who cannot get enough of the ''classic quartet'' and its variants. With Eric Dolphy (alto, bass clarinet, and flute) on several cuts, it's a quintet. Reggie Workman plays on the earlier dates, but most of the cuts feature the ''classic'' bassist, Jimmy Garrison. Although many of the pieces are repeated (''My Favorite Things'' appears six times), every take is a unique episode of inspiration. Trane and company possessed a mutual understanding and musical sympathy unparalled in jazz. The interplay between Trane and drummer Elvin Jones is sometimes so overwhelming that pianist McCoy Tyner just wisely drops out. Jones swings as no one else. The several duets with Trane and Jones brings chills to the spine and a smile to the lips. In these 1961 and 1963 appearances, Trane is about to leave the orbit of traditional jazz, but he remains within remains within standard melodic and rythmatic structures--taking them as far up and out as possible. After the classic quartet disbanded (leaving only Garrison), Trane's music become more challenging and even jarring at times. Yet it claims its own charms and transcendence in places. As a Coltrane student, it warms my heart to hear the European audiences respectfully applaud the performances and performers--even breaking into applause in mid-performace on several occasions. Many of the American recordings of Trane were done in small clubs where the small audiences don't seem to fathom the history being made before their eyes and in their ears. The only drawback of this splendid set is that the sound quality is monophonic and less than ideal. But the music more than compensates for it. This is jazz improvisation and virtuousity at their zenith. It is testimony of the creative powers of the human spirit.

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