Known Johnson

July 3, 2007

Overlooked Alternatives: John Coltrane

Filed under: Music,News,Overlooked Alternatives — Tom @ 5:14 am

I found myself with one of those weeks where, inexplicably, it seemed like a quiet week for the new release radar – too quiet, as it turns out. I came home from work, checked my email, and lo and behold, there’s a strange little email from Amazon in there reading “Your Amazon.com order has shipped.” My what? Why don’t I remember anything being ordered for this week?

Upon opening it, I remembered placing my order for John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things: Coltrane at Newport a couple weeks ago. It was a curiosity-buy – Coltrane’s a safe-bet as long as whatever it is is a legitimate release, and I knew it was obviously one or some of the Newport concerts he’d played. Now, however, I know a bit more – it’s basically Newport ’63, minus the 1961 recording of “Chasin’ Another Trane” and with what appears to be three other tracks from New Thing At Newport in its place, if the track times match the way I think they do.

I think, based on all of the other live Coltrane releases that I have, that I’m pretty safe assuming this is going to be a rewarding release that I have a feeling many others who don’t have either Newport set are probably overlooking by accident.

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