John Coltrane

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Until all of John Coltrane's Nov. 1961 performances from the Village Vanguard are reissued in coherent form on CD, this two-LP set will be well worth searching for. These six performances from the Vanguard do not duplicate any other recordings. There are two more runthroughs on "Impressions," a 15-minute "Chasin' Another Trane," "Greensleeves," "Miles' Mode" and a strange version of "Naima" in which Coltrane purposely plays the melody sideways. In addition to Coltrane's tenor and soprano, Eric Dolphy is featured on alto and bass clarinet along with pianist McCoy Tyner, the alternating basses of Jimmy Garrison and Reggie Workman and either Elvin Jones or Roy Haynes on drums. This two-fer is rounded out by two previously unissued performances (an alternate take of "Africa" and Calvin Massey's "The Damned Don't Cry") from the Africa/Brass sessions in which Coltrane is backed by a medium-size orchestra for some stirring music.