John Coltrane: Out of this World
Out Of This World
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
Coltrane (Impulse IMPD-215)
Composed by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 19, 1962
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
This important marker in Space Age Jazz traces Coltrane's trajectory following his 1959 "Countdown." Unfortunately, his flights became 14-minute marathons of monotony, inaugurated with "My Favorite Things" (1960). Despite periodic modulations, "Out Of This World" is essentially a 2-chord vamp at a single dynamicóloud. Throughout, Elvin Jones is busier than a lone cashier at Toys 'R' Us on the day before Christmas. As always, Coltrane glows red hot. But everything is grossly overweight, as if a mad scientist at Cape Canaveral had launched an antique steam locomotive destined for Jupiter. The marvel is that the damn thing even gets off the ground.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz