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Thursday, September 05, 2019

CD Review: John Coltrane - Blue World

John Coltrane (tenor/soprano sax); McCoy Tyner (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
(Review by Lance).

How many more previously undiscovered gems are there hidden in the vaults? Tubbs, Miles, Trane, there seems to be an untapped lode of riches buried deep. Trane fans hit paydirt last year with the 1963 recording Both Directions at once: The Lost Album which reached #21 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Unlike Both Directions which contained original compositions, Blue World, recorded a year later, comprises reworkings of previous Coltrane classics the intention being to use them as a soundtrack to a Canadian film Le chat dans le sac (trans. The cat in the bag). As it happened, only 10 minutes of the 37 minutes was actually used in the film.  

8 tracks and 5 of them alternate takes: Naima (x 2); Village Blues (x 3) + Blue World; Like Sonny; Traneing In. This in no way detracts, after the theme statements the solos take on a life of their own, each take offering some variation and I'd be reluctant to name the definitive one - like how am I going to tell him when we meet up in the Heaven branch of Birdland that he blew a bum note on one of the takes?

I don't think he ever blew a bummer! Having said that, when I first heard Trane with Eric Dolphy at Newcastle City Hall in 1961 I thought every note signified the end of music as an enjoyable listening experience. My first encounter with the new wave, avante garde, free form, call it what you will! Fortunately, either the music or I have mellowed - probably both - and, compared to some of today's more outré offerings, not life threatening at all and I can do nothing other than to recommend this CD wholeheartedly (LP/digital etc. also available).
Release date Sept. 27 on Impulse.
Lance

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