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"Meditations" was the most successful recording that John Coltrane made with fellow tenor Pharoah Sanders. For the "remake" 30 years later, drummer Rashied Ali (who was on the original date along with Elvin Jones) meets up with tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis, altoist Allan Chase, pianist Greg Murphy and bassist Joe Gallant. They revisit the lengthy and intense five-section suite, creating plenty of fireworks. Fortunately, Belogenis and Chase (although inspired by 'Trane's explorative approach) do not sound at all like Coltrane or Sanders, so this powerful version stands on its own.

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