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Live in Japan 1978: Dear John C.

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Live in Japan 1978 is a generous 52-and-a-half-minute LP recorded live and released by the Japanese Trio label. Personnel identification is slipshod, but Frank Foster and Pat LaBarbera play their tenors in similar John Coltrane-influenced styles during Jones' three lengthy tracks: "E.J. Blues," "House That Love Built," and the two-part "A Love Supreme." The music is a direct outgrowth of drummer Elvin Jones' days with Coltrane. Bassist Andy McCloud is steady and supportive throughout, while guitarist Roland Prince supplies a chordal base for the tenors. The musicians stretch themselves within the boundaries of Coltrane's music.

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