John Coltrane – The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions


In 1961 John Coltrane’s explorations of different modes and rhythms led to several powerful works that invoked other cultures, like “Olé,” “India,” and “Brazilia.” While those pieces were all recorded with expanded versions of his quartet, “Africa” was a unique opportunity, with Eric Dolphy’s arrangements for up to 13 brass and reed instruments providing a setting of volcanic energy for Coltrane’s majestic, declamatory tenor and the surging drumming of Elvin Jones. The orchestrations, as well as the solos, vary on the two sessions heard here, and there are also thoughtful adaptations of traditional material like “Greensleeves,” a lilting feature for Coltrane’s soprano saxophone that recalls the earlier treatment of “My Favorite Things,” and “Song of the Underground Railroad.” The two-CD complete collection expands on the original release with alternate takes of “Africa” and “Greensleeves” as well as a previously unissued recording of “The Damned Don’t Cry.”


01. Greensleeves
02. Song Of The Underground
03. Greensleeves (Alternate Take)
04. The Damned Don’t Cry
05. Africa (First Version)

01. Blues Minor
02. Africa (Alternate Take)
03. Africa

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One Response to “John Coltrane – The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions”

  1. Awesome man, just awesome, a really really nice album!

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