John Coltrane: India
John Coltrane (soprano sax)
Live at The Village Vanguard / The Master Takes (Impulse! 251)
Composed by John Coltrane.
Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, November 3, 1961
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Coltrane began researching various world music sources around the time of his first leader dates, and culling certain melodies for his own exploration. His own philosophical ties brought him closely in touch with a rich musical heritage from the East. Inside the basement club set in Greenwich Village, the band journeys through sun-parched lands to an even more sacred place within themselves. The soprano sax-bass clarinet duet creates sensual pictures of a humid and dusty Indian landscape. The ascetic Coltrane moans and squeals his raw and blissfully un-manicured phrases with his characteristic depth.
Reviewer: David Tenenholtz