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The Gift Of Coltrane

Posted by Rick Frystak, November 5, 2019 01:30pm | Post a Comment

 


Many has been the day when I would walk around the Amoeba store and try to figure out a gift for someone I thought or was told had everything, musically, and I would be at wits end trying to decide what would make a customer or `friend happy, which by the end of the search, would not be something I would always be proud to give. Of course, the stress of that would only make matters worse with the decision made harder! 


Without a doubt, record store employees are asked day in and day out to provide recommendations to customers of music, after a description of the gift-receiver’s taste, or a step up on a new or rare release. 
 
I’ve found that often times folks are delighted to receive something as a gift that they would never think to buy for themselves. Here’s where a person that lives around music all of their day can determine what might be the perfect idea for a customer searching for something new that would be the right choice.
 
So I’ve put together an idea for people who are harder to buy for, or folks that may not have terribly obvious musical taste. These could be new releases or new issues of music that has some special meaning to me. In any event, music that I would recommend without hesitation! John William Coltrane.
 
The amount of music that saxophonist John Coltrane must have recorded is staggering. Not that all of it was meant for release, but when these giants of their instruments were/are in the studio, oftentimes the recording is constantly going. The music that John Coltrane recorded is a great example: 1963: New Directions by the John Coltrane quartet, a big, five-record set with a gorgeous, heavy booklet by the same group that recorded ‘’A Love Supreme’’ and 7 other records. The complete box set, Coltrane '63, New Directions has a handful of vinyl-only of live tracks well worth the price.
 
Here are sessions that are not for everyone, though. The later-period ‘Trane was an explosion of ‘’free’’ jazz sheets of sound, but here it’s tamed it like wild horses. The riffs and runs are exceptional in their emotional depth and variety. Coltrane was truly experimental, and in 1963 he felt wide open in letting the feelings flow that were coming to him. He was playing what was coming through him, without choosing, without guiding them. The 1963 sessions are available in a complete box set or as a single disc.
 
Some of these takes were available in Japan as B-sides on CDs. These are fine remasters, crisp and articulate. If you or someone you love are a Coltrane fans, you’ll love these takes of a most interesting part of ‘Trane’s life.

Pivotal Year In Jazz Icon John Coltrane’s Career Captured On New Impulse! Vinyl Collection "1963: New Directions" 5LP Box Set

Posted by Billyjam, December 10, 2018 10:51am | Post a Comment
 
For jazz great John Coltrane 1963 was both a prolific and a pivotal year; one that’s comprehensively captured on the new Impulse! must get box set collection John Coltrane 1963: New Directions [5LP Box Set] (also avail as a 3CD box set).  All recordings from throughout '63, presented in chronological order, the 30 song set rewinds back fifty five years ago to an artistically significant time in the career of the legandary jazz saxophonist. Ahead of his time on many levels, Coltrane truly made a major impact in his all too short 40 years on this earth that came to a premature halt in July 1967.  From a historical perspective 1963 is viewed as the key transformation period from ‘Trane’s earlier bebop and hard bop years into his free jazz and fully championing experimental, avant garde, genre-expanding jazz. It’s the iconic artist’s creative period that fell exactly two years after his American standards interpretive My Favorite Things and two years before his avant-garde and free jazz masterpiece  A Love Supreme.  Or as Impulse! Records so aptly noted in their pre-promotion of this box set; “In the brief, bright arc that is the career of John Coltrane, 1963 marks a point of transition between past jazz masterpieces and future work which would transcend the boundaries of the music itself.” 

As seen in the picture above this vinyl box set contains five albums, each numbered in chronological order of their recordings, plus additional content such as the lovingly presented 20 page booklet. Scroll down to see the full 30 track listing of the box set contents that features 1963 recordings of the albums Live at Birdland, Newport ‘63, Dear Old Stockholm, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, and the album that presumably inspired this box set;  Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album. Initially released six months ago, a full fifty five years after its recording, this literally “lost album” draws its title in part from the famous John Coltrane quote, “I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.”