Posted: Sunday, 10 April 2011 by jazzlover in Etykiety: , , , , ,

This CD reissues what was arguably the finest of the John Coltrane-Pharoah Sanders collaborations. On five diverse but almost consistently intense movements ("The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost," "Compassion," "Love," "Consequences," and "Serenity"), the two tenor saxophonists, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and both Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali on drums create some powerful, dense, and emotional music. Unlike some of the live jams of 1966, the passionate performances never ramble on too long and the screams and screeches fit logically into the spiritual themes. This would be the last recording of Coltrane with Tyner and Jones.
:::Review by Scott Yanow:::

John Coltrane - Meditations (1965)

1. The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost 12:50
2. Compassion 6:50
3. Love 8:11
4. Consequences 9:10
5. Serenity 3:31

Bass - Jimmy Garrison
Drums - Elvin Jones, Rashied Ali
Engineer - Rudy Van Gelder
Producer - Bob Thiele
Saxophone [Tenor] - John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders
Piano - McCoy Tyner

5 komentarze:

  1. E-mile says:

    23 years ago when I bought it, came home and played it, I was in some kinda shock [:-) but I grew into it..
    not for the fainthearted ears among us [:-)
    peace, E-mile

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank You Very Much! :-)

  1. MrBill says:

    Not for the fainthearted, indeed! I still come back to last-period Coltrane every so often, in the hope that it will be a little easier to listen to. I'm not there yet, and I may never get there.

    It's Sanders that makes last-period Coltrane recordings extra difficult for me. No matter how far out Coltrane got with his playing, I always have the feeling that he was still in perfect control; the sounds he was producing were exactly the sounds he wanted to produce. I don't get that feeling with Sanders. It's like Sanders was thinking, "Hmmm....let's see what kind of obnoxious squawking and bleating I can produce here - can I make it sound even nastier?" It's never sounded to me as if Sanders had complete control over the sounds he was making. I can't think of any Coltrane recording with Sanders on it that couldn't have been improved by editing out all of Sanders' contributions. Just my opinion.

  1. mf76 says:

    Damn this is a great BLOG!!! I'm gonna be a busy boy the next few hours. Thanks in advance for all of this :)