2017-07-27 Transition

Transition by the John Coltrane Quartet.

This posthumously released recording of Coltrane’s “classic quartet”, (Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones, and McCoy Tyner,) is viewed as a transitional album, between Coltrane’s modal and devotional work of the early 60s and the more ecstatic devotional work of the mid to late 60s. (Also, Impulse redid the track listings for the CD reissue, replacing “Dear God” with “Welcome” and “Vigil” from the same sessions, but originally released on the Kulu Sé Mama album.) The soloing on Transition isn’t really so far from that on “The John Coltrane Quartet Plays”, it’s more that the extended songs, “Transition” and “Suite”, discard most of the traditional Jazz trappings of “head-solo-head” for a more organic approach. An extension of “A Love Supreme”, really.

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2017-05-30 ’58 Sessions

’58 Sessions by Miles Davis, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, John Coltrane, Bill Evans.

From this remove, it’s hard to hear that this record was somewhat radical at the time of its recording. It seems to represent a bridge between the Bebop, that the young Davis came up in, and the “Modal Jazz” he would soon become famous for popularizing on “Kind of Blue”. Adderley is especially great on this, and Coltrane is solidifying the sounds he would become known for.

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