John Coltrane: Dear Old Stockholm


Dear Old Stockholm


John Coltrane (tenor sax)


Impressions (Impulse A-42)

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John Coltrane (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Roy Haynes (drums).

Composed by Dean Andres Fryxell


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., April 29, 1963


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

I love this version of “Dear Old Stockholm” with Roy Haynes on drums, and I listen to it a lot. A certain freshness and different feeling happens when Coltrane plays with Roy Haynes. His ideas take different shapes rhythmically and melodically. His recordings with Roy Haynes inspired me to realize that the music within the music comes from the people that you’re playing with at the time. Through the years developing with the people that I’ve played with, especially drummers, like Ed Blackwell, Billy Higgins, Mel Lewis, Paul Motian, and Elvin Jones, I’ve realized that you can play the same tune, but when you have a different feeling in the rhythm section, you should play with a different feeling as a soloist. On this version of “Dear Old Stockholm,” I love the ending, the way they play over the form, the way they explore. They could have played that all day and night.

Reviewer: Joe Lovano

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