LABEL: Waxtime In Color
CAT NO: 950686
1. AFRICA (16:29)
2. BLUE MINOR
3. SONG OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
* BONUS TRACKS
JOHN COLTRANE : Tenor & Soprano Sax
McCOY TYNER : Piano
REGGIE WORKMAN : Bass
ELVIN JONES : Drums
THE JOHN COLTRANE QUARTET
– Africa / Brass
(+ Bonus Track)
LP – Limited Edition 180g Orange Vinyl
This recording captures so much of what makes John Coltrane arguably the greatest innovator / composer / performer jazz has ever produced. In April 1961 Coltrane assembled a 17-piece orchestra and began recording what would become known as ‘Africa/Brass‘. Among the jazz luminaries contributing to these landmark sessions are: Booker Little (trumpet), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Eric Dolphy (alto sax/bass clarinet), McCoy Tyner (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums).
Coltrane manipulates their power into masterful contrasts between the syncopated rhythms of “Greensleeves” or the full-out bop onslaught of “Songs of the Underground Railroad.” The amazing virtuosity in Coltrane’s solos hints at the future direction his later avant-garde sides would take. The interaction with Tyner on “Songs of the Underground Railroad” is impeccable. He allows room for Jones and Reggie Workman to likewise engage Tyner or some high-spirited improvisation. This is a key work in understanding the path Coltrane’s music took in its final phases. ‘Africa/Brass’ brilliantly documents this pivotal era in the great man’s music.
Vinyl includes ‘Song Of The Underground’, a traditional song recorded at the same session and included here as a bonus track.
See below for tracklisting…