Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Just In: "Ascension" Complete Edition - John Coltrane

My dad was in Dubai (another reason to love that place) and got me the complete edition of 'Trane's "Ascension".

Ascension is the album that changed the course of Coltrane's music (and fans and critics). Released in 1965, this album features 11 musicians, of the most prominent free jazz players of the time.

Two takes were recorded; only one was released. It's a 40 minute suite of free form music; little to no melody... very chaotic soloing by Coltrane, Pharoah Saunders, Archie Schepp, and features 2 bassists... so imagine what's going on.

This edition comes complete with the alternate take.

Today; I will attempt to hear both tracks without interruption. That's a feat that many have not done.

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