John Coltrane: Chasin' Another Trane
Chasin' Another Trane
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
Newport '63 (Impulse GRD-128)
Composed by John Coltrane.
Recorded: live at the Village Vanguard, New York, November 2, 1961
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
1961 was a big year for the recorded legacy of John Coltrane. Early in the spring he worked with Miles Davis for the last time, and a couple of months later recorded his two Africa Brass sessions. The other major event was his 4-night residency at the Village Vanguard. This legendary stand included several additional musicians (oboe, contrabassoon, oud) who added a real sense of experimentation to the proceedings. While there might be as many as eight people onstage at one time, this track is essentially a quartet, though McCoy Tyner can be heard comping for the first couple of choruses before dropping out. For all the enthusiasm and intensity that Coltrane brought to his performances, I always feel that playing with Eric Dolphy brought out something additional in both men, as evidenced here. It's just a little odd that this was thrown on a CD called Newport '63.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy