John Coltrane

Live in Antibes (1965)

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Vital, transitional John Coltrane with the quartet near its end; this 1965 Antibes concert may have featured familiar material ("Naima," "My Favorite Things," "Afro Blue," and "Impressions" are among the five selections), but that is the only thing that linked it with the ensemble's past offerings. Coltrane's tenor is frenetic, as he turns song structure inside out, honks, soars, and explores, seeking fresh directions and alternative statements within each blistering solo. Likewise, this version of "My Favorite Things" has an edgy, unfulfilled quality, while even "Naima" is more inquisitive than satisfying. While it's still incredible, pivotal music, there is also the realization that change was near and inevitable.

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