John Coltrane: Spiritual (Take B)


Spiritual (Take B)


John Coltrane (tenor sax, soprano sax)


The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (Impulse IMPD4-232)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax, soprano sax), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, bass clarinet), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by John Coltrane


Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, November 1-3 & 5, 1961


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

There is perhaps no better combination in jazz than Elvin Jonesís ride cymbal and John Coltraneís tenor. The minds behind these two instruments pushed each other to the musical limit throughout their tenure as members of the classic Coltrane quartet, and there is no better example of their raw energy and extreme interaction than on the Complete Vanguard sessions (November 1961). Note the beginning and end of this track for the Coltrane/Jones lockup (Coltrane on tenor at the beginning and soprano at the end), split in two by an inspired, strenuous improvisation from altoist Eric Dolphy.

Reviewer: Eric Novod


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