John Coltrane
Blue World


4.0
excellent

Review

by Asura14 USER (5 Reviews)
October 7th, 2019 | 11 replies


Release Date: 09/27/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Sometimes you have to take a thing when it comes and be glad."

John Coltrane's lost-and-found studio sessions continue to emerge and much like the rest of his already incredible, in both size and quality, body of work, Blue World does not disappoint. It's been over 50 years since his passing, this session took place in June of 1964 with himself and his classic quartet - McCoy Tyner on the piano, Elvin Jones on the drums and Jimmy Garrison playing the bass . All in between recordings for their albums Crescent and A Love Supreme.

The title track, Blue World, is an alternative version of Out of this world (originally by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer) which had already been played, though differently, in 1962's Coltrane. However, this time around, feels more loose and intense than the previous version, which might lead some to prefer this slightly improvised outing if that is what you are looking for.

Two versions of Naima and three of Village Blues coexist in this album, all being complete and different performances that may only be here so that it can be considered a full length album but considering the global appreciation for these types of studio sessions I don't think anyone is complaining. The tempo changes do make these tracks feel different from the originals, shifting it's original meanings in a way that it feels like the group just looking back and celebrating past material.

Overall, everything is played beautifully and there seems to be a sense of fun and enjoyment, with every track being played terrifically. Specially since the bass seems to be turned up as well as Coltrane's solos feeling rather lively yet never losing clear vision and control. The production is clean and does little to overstep what was done originally by Rudy Van Gelder, meaning this is a great addition to the catalogue of arguably the best jazz band in the post-bebop era.


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Asura14
October 7th 2019


285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Quick write-up, no real criticism because it's all about celebrating the music...

Found this very enjoyable

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rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2019


8432 Comments


great review, the man was a legend

suicoon
October 7th 2019


484 Comments


Rulez

StarlessCore
October 7th 2019


6631 Comments


Whoa is this proto love supreme

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zakalwe
October 7th 2019


28765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

’trane was the man

Asura14
October 8th 2019


285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks rockandmetaljunkie



And ye, agree with all of the above, what a man

Deathconscious
October 8th 2019


22638 Comments


"McCoy Tyner in the piano, Elvin Jones in the drums"

shouldnt it be "on"? im just imagining them trying to climb into their instruments.

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Asura14
October 8th 2019


285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah thanks! Ye you're prob right, prepositions are my kryptonite when writing English... fixed it

Zig
October 10th 2019


1859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review. Have a pos.



Both Directions at Once was good, but this is fantastic. Impulse can keep digging those unreleased albums from his classic quartet era.

Asura14
October 10th 2019


285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks!

Ye this has some great energy, I hope they do

ChaoticVortex
October 11th 2019


839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can never go wrong with John C. and his classic quartet. Quality jazz with great energy and varied takes.



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