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Tenor Conclave
     

Tenor Conclave

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by John Coltrane
 

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These four sides should not be hard to locate, as the primary participants in this November 30, 1956, session have all issued them within their individual catalogs. However Tenor Conclave was first released as credited to the "leaderless" Prestige All-Stars -- consisting of tenor saxophonists John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Al

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These four sides should not be hard to locate, as the primary participants in this November 30, 1956, session have all issued them within their individual catalogs. However Tenor Conclave was first released as credited to the "leaderless" Prestige All-Stars -- consisting of tenor saxophonists John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, and Zoot Sims. Providing support are pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Taylor. The Mobley-penned title track commences the effort with the quartet of tenors showing off their stuff in high-flying style. It takes a couple of passes and somewhat of a trained ear to be able to link the players with their contributions, but as is often the case, the whole tends to be greater than the sum of the parts. After a brief introduction with all four rapidly reeling off short riffs, Mobley charges ahead into truly inspired territory. The midtempo take of "Just You, Just Me" keeps things lively with a light swinging pace that is custom-made for bringing the combo's jocular side to the surface, particularly toward the end as they "trade fours," with each tenor blowing four bars before passing the melody on. The other Mobley composition is "Bob's Boys," and by all accounts it is the most compelling piece on the outing. The blues-based tune rollicks as Coltrane, Mobley, Cohn, and Sims find themselves configured in a seeming myriad of sonic face-offs. Wrapping up Tenor Conclave is an ultra-cool and sophisticated "How Deep Is the Ocean?" Cohn commences the long and luscious reading with a subtle strength, suggesting the powerful undercurrent flowing throughout the number. Also, listeners are treated to what is possibly Garland's finest interaction, leading right into Sims, Chambers, and finally a sublime Coltrane caboose.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Ojc
UPC:
0025218612722
catalogNumber:
127
Rank:
134402

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Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone
Red Garland   Piano
Grant Green   Guitar
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Don Patterson   Organ
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor   Drums
William James   Drums
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Paul Chambers   Bass
Vincent Corrao   Guitar
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Cohen   Tenor Saxophone
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Joe Segal   Liner Notes
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Jack McKinney   Liner Notes

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Tenor Conclave 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DonnieTheB More than 1 year ago
This album, now quite rare on vinyl, is a must have for saxophonists and fans of saxy jazz. John Coltrane soars, Zoot Sims swings as usual, Al Cohn lays down some tasty licks and Hank Mobley aquits himself admirably. The rhythm section is more than adequate and the tunes presented are quite enjoyable. Liner notes lead you to be able to recognize the tone of each player - it's fun to guess the solo order on the last tunes.