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New Thing at Newport [Verve]
     

New Thing at Newport [Verve]

by John Coltrane
 

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The full intensity of John Coltrane's "classic quartet" with drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist Jimmy Garrison could always be felt at its utmost on live recordings. New Thing at Newport only features Coltrane's band on one half of its length, but you won't hear anyone complaining. "One Up, One Down" and "My Favorite Things," recorded at the

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The full intensity of John Coltrane's "classic quartet" with drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist Jimmy Garrison could always be felt at its utmost on live recordings. New Thing at Newport only features Coltrane's band on one half of its length, but you won't hear anyone complaining. "One Up, One Down" and "My Favorite Things," recorded at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival, are mesmerizing performances that capture all the coiled brilliance of this legendary unit. On the cusp of his immersion into the outer boundaries of free jazz, here Coltrane still improvises over the hurricane-powered but conventionally structured swing of the Jones-Tyner-Garrison rhythm triumvirate. After pouring his life into the tenor on "One Up, One Down," Coltrane turns to the soprano for a riveting take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that he made his own.
The rest of the recording is taken up by an Archie Shepp ensemble featuring the tenor saxophonist alongside vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, bassist Barre Phillips, and drummer Joe Chambers. Shepp had his own take on the jazz avant garde, and this open-form ensemble was one of his most conducive working bands. While little could match the impact of the Coltrane band, Shepp's ensemble manages to hold its own quite nicely, proving that there was more than one way to push the limits of jazz form.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
The classic John Coltrane Quartet made one of its final appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1965. The tension among bandmembers is evident on the advanced version of "One Down, One Up." Coltrane's performance is moving...yet weary. It's apparent the saxophonist wasn't getting the sound he wanted and by the end of the year he would take a different direction, hiring Pharoah Sanders and wife Alice Coltrane for the band. Tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp's earlier afternoon New Thing performance included an engaging version of "Call Me by My Rightful Name" with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. [Verve's six-track reissue appeared in 2009.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517920392
catalogNumber:
001240602

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Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones   Drums
Archie Shepp   Tenor Saxophone
Barre Phillips   Bass
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Bobby Hutcherson   Vibes

Technical Credits

Archie Shepp   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Bob Thiele   Producer,Audio Production
Frank Bruno   Engineer
Norman O'Connor   Composer
Charles Stewart   Cover Photo
Hollis King   Art Direction
Joe Lebow   Liner Design
Robert Flynn   Cover Design

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