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John Coltrane- Live at Birdland (1964)

Updated: Jan 4



 

John Coltrane -Live At Birdland

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Released January 9, 1964

Recorded October 8, 1963, and November 18, 1963


John Coltrane's 1964 album "Live at Birdland" captures his Classic Quartet's creative zenith. Part of the album was recorded at Birdland in 1963 and showcased the quartet's unparalleled synergy. "Afro Blue" features Trane's intense soprano sax, transforming the original with energy and interaction. "I Want To Talk About You" interprets Billy Eckstine's ballad with emotive solos. "The Promise" highlights McCoy Tyner's brilliance, while "Alabama" mourns the 1963 church bombing. "Your Lady" reveals a musical dialogue. This pinnacle of jazz expressionism solidifies Coltrane's legacy, leading to the masterpiece A Love Supreme.

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