Saturday, November 25, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
As John Coltrane's career progressed in the early 60s, his music became less structured. Most of his recordings in the last couple of years of his life were live freeform jams just like this one which was recorded on Nov. 23, 1965. He was also winding down the Classic John Coltrane Quartet by adding musicians. So Meditations does have McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass & Elvin Jones on drums. But he also adds Pharoah Sanders on tenor sax & Rashied Ali on drums. This would be the final Coltrane recording for Tyner & Jones. Compassion is a jam typical of Coltrane's music at that time. Meditations would be the final Coltrane recording released during his lifetime. But plenty of unreleased recordings have surfaced since his death from liver cancer on July 17, 1967. I'm sure I'll look at more great John Coltrane music in the future as he's one of my favourite musicians.