John Coltrane

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This Japanese three-LP box set from the German company BYG captures Coltrane at four separate European concerts from a four-year period. At a Stockholm concert from Nov. 22, 1961, Coltrane and his Quintet (with Eric Dolphy on alto, flute and bass clarinet, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Elvin Jones) perform a 20-minute "My Favorite Things" and much more concise versions of "Naima," "Blue Train" and "Impressions." The classic Quartet (with Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and Jones) interprets "I Want to Talk About You," "Traneing In," "Spiritual" and "Mr. P.C." at a Stockholm concert from Oct. 22, 1963, and the same group at concerts in Antibes and Paris on July 27 and 28, 1965 really tears into "Blue Valse," "Afro Blue," "Naima" and two versions of "Impressions." This hard-to-find set, even if the liner notes are in Japan, is highly recommended to true John Coltrane fans, for these live recordings are often quite intense and dazzling, particularly the later performances.