John Coltrane: I Want to Talk About You
I Want to Talk About You
Live at Birdland (Impulse IMPD-198)
Composed by Billy Eckstine.
Recorded: Birdland, New York, October 8, 1963
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
John Coltrane, photo by Herb Snitzer
“I Want to Talk About You” is a pretty little Billy Eckstine ballad through which Coltrane weaves an increasingly daring solo, splashing a torrent of notes onto the backdrop provided by his nonpareil rhythm section, which was particularly hot on this night at the club Birdland. The real magic, though, begins five minutes into the tune, when the rhythm section drops out and Coltrane is left to blow unaccompanied. His lines are so fluid, so majestic, that it is easy to forget that a quartet was ever there. The drums and bass are gone, but the beat remains. The piano is gone, but the melody is right there behind Coltrane’s harmonizing. These three jaw-dropping minutes rank among the most blissful of Coltrane’s career.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee