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Not just live Trane live PRIME Trane, for this 7-disc set takes its 37 performances from the three early '60s European tours Norman Granz produced under the auspices of his Jazz at the Philharmonic series. Over half of the selections here are unreleased, representing the biggest cache of newly discovered Trane in quite a while. Newly remastered, with notes wait till you hear the FIVE different versions of My Favorite Things !
For Coltrane fanatics, Live Trane represents another part of the endless jigsaw of recordings from live sources that have proliferated since his death. For the average jazz fan, it's a concentrated dose that gives a European dimension to the Impulse documentation of what the great man was doing with his working band live in the US in the early 1960s. All seven CDs are drawn chronologically from three tours Coltrane made of western Europe under the auspices of Norman Granz between November 1961 and November 1963: the recordings gather together and correctly identify (for the first time) the dates and locations of all the previous Pablo releases of this material. (Granz had no interest in such anorak activities). There is four hours of material culled from Granz's tapes of the tours that Pablo held back before this. Quite a lot of it has been floating around on bootleg LPs and CDs for years, but there are genuine discoveries--for example, the 25 November appearance in Hamburg (in poor sound, by the way, with Tyner on an out of tune piano) is even listed by the indefatigable Coltrane discographer Yashuro Fujioka as "three long titles, details unknown", with no indication that the concert was even recorded. A November 17, 1962 Paris appearance that is well represented here is almost as undocumented. So there's plenty of rare Coltrane to feast your ears on here, plus a fair sampling across two CDs of 1961-vintage Eric Dolphy. However, there is still unreleased music from the same concerts, and the remastering has often opted for a reverb-dominated sound and occasionally makes the music sound ghostly and diffused. This is an important document, then, but not a perfect one. --Keith Shadwick
The music on this cd is just an incredible representation of the intensity that Coltrane brought to the bandstand. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by Zachary Lipton
I was glad to add these live sets to my Coltrane collection. The sound is good and the playing is excellent. Highly recommended.Published on Dec 17 2001 by Brian "Jazz Fan" J. B.
Yes, this is monophonic and has a rather distant and uneven sound. No, this doesn't matter much to the Trane Tribe, who cannot get enough of the classic quartet's exotic... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2001 by Douglas Groothuis
Historically this live cd falls within the most productive period of John William Coltrane's artistry. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2001 by scott mcdowell
Not as good as the 4-CD-boxset of the Village Vanguard Concerts, this latest one still deserves not less than 5 stars. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2001 by Aydin Erer
I have a ton of Coltrane's discs&of course the whole Village Vanguard Set which is far Better to Me than this Compilation. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2001 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
This doesn't come close in terms of quality or performance to any of the sets from Impulse but it is nonetheless an important release. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2001 by A. Johnston
This box earns four stars (and should earn five) simply for the quality of the performances. On stage, the classic Coltrane quartet stretched the tunes out, often to more than... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by Dan Plankton