John Coltrane: I Want to Talk About You (Live at Newport, 1963)
I Want to Talk About You
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
My Favorite Things: Coltrane at Newport (Impulse 9076)
Recorded: Newport Jazz Festival - Newport, Rhode Island, July 7, 1963
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
This Coltrane performance is essential jazz listening for two reasons. First, it is the most complete performance of the classic Coltrane quartet without one of its major members – Roy Haynes is subbing for Elvin Jones on drums. Jazz fans are so used to the interaction of the classic quartet that listening to three members working with a different drummer (Trane called Haynes’s drumming “spreading” versus Elvin’s “driving”) is fascinating. Additionally, this track features a Trane cadenza that extends over three minutes and is an ideal representation of Trane’s ability to retain emotional impact while performing at a blistering rhythmic pace.
Reviewer: Eric Novod