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It’s cocktail hour. The Village Vanguard is one of the very, very few “old guard” jazz clubs in New York City that still survives today, and over the years, the amount of talent that has played there is nothing short of astounding. This is an excellent recording of Coltrane and his group where firing on all cylinders. This performance was not without its controversy however, and this album was heavily derided by jazz critics when it was first released.
Noted jazz critic Ira Gitler said of this album: “Coltrane may be searching for new avenues of expression, but if it’s going to take this form of yawps, squawks, and countless repetitive runs, then it should be confined to the woodshed.” That’s complete garbage, but that was the general attitude of the jazz press at the time.
John Coltrane - Live at the Village Vanguard
1962, Impulse! Records
Reissue from 1963, Mono, RVG
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