John Coltrane (ts, ss), McCoy Tyner (p), Reggie Workman (b), Elvin Jones (d)
Backed by McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman and Elvin Jones, Coltrane decided in mid-1961 to try his luck with his first European tour as a leader. The group which crossed the ocean, however, wasn't a quartet but a quintet, due to the addition of alto sax and flute player Eric Dolphy. "For a long time", declared later Coltrane, "Eric Dolphy and I had been talking about all kinds of improvising techniques. Finally, I decided that as long as my band was working steadily, it made sense for Eric to join us". The Olympia performances are full of excitement.
CD 1: First concert
01. Blue Train (16:04)
02. I Want to Talk About You (6:45)
03. Impressions (10:41)
04. My Favorite Things (22:21)
CD 2: Second concert
05. Blue Train (12:45)
06. I Want to Talk About You (9:37)
07. My Favorite Things (25:30)
"Elvin's drums thrashing away, Coltrane's convoluted, surging solo style, intensity and modal fury. Dolphy contributes some fiery alto to the proceedins and Tyner and Workman are dependable as always."
Derek Ansell -Jazz Journal
NOTE FOR COLLECTORS:
THE PRESENT PERFORMANCES WERE NOT INCLUDED ON THE 7-CD SET "LIVE TRANE: THE EUROPEAN TOURS". ALTHOUGH THE LINER NOTES ON THAT COLLECTION STATE THAT TWO TUNES ("IMPRESSIONS" AND "MY FAVORITE THINGS") WERE RECORDED IN PARIS ON NOVEMBER 18, 1961, RECENT DISCOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH HAS PROVED THAT THOSE TWO PERFORMANCES WERE RECORDED IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, ON NOVEMBER 23, 1961. THUS, NONE OF THE MUSIC COMPILED HERE IS DUPLICATED ON THE "LIVE TRANE" SET.