Saturday, March 4, 2017

JOHN COLTRANE QUINTET – Coltrane In Tokyo Vol. 2 (1966 / 2LP-1980)




Label: MCA Records – MCA VIM-4630–31
MAPS 9765
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Japan / Released: 1980
Style: Free Jazz, Avant-garde Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded Live at Sankei-Hall, Tokyo, on July 11, 1966.
Previously released on Second Night In Tokyo (ABC Impulse! ‎– YB-8508–10-AI / 3LP-1977)
Album Photography : Tadayuki Naitoh
Album Designed by Hisashi Tominaga
Manufactured By – Victor Musical Industries, Inc.
Matrix / Runout (A-Side Run Out): VIM-4630 - 9765A-1
Matrix / Runout (B-Side Run Out): VIM-4630 - 9765B-2
Matrix / Runout (A-Side Run Out): VIM-4631 - 9765A2-1
Matrix / Runout (B-Side Run Out): VIM-4631 - 9765B2-2

A  -  Afro Blue Part 1 ...................................................................................... 21:50
B  -  Afro Blue Part 2 ...................................................................................... 17:30
C1 - Introduction To Crescent ........................................................................ 13:10
        (Solo By Jimmy Garrison)
C2 - Crescent Part 1 ...................................................................................... 12:20
D1 - Crescent Part 2 ...................................................................................... 27:55
D2 - Short Closing Theme : Leo ...................................................................... 1:25

Personnel:
John Coltrane – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Pharoah Sanders – tenor saxophone
Alice Coltrane – piano
Jimmy Garrison – bass
Rashied Ali – drums, percussion

JOHN COLTRANE Coltrane In Tokyo Vol. 2 (1980 Japanese MCA rainbow label 6-track double vinyl LP), recorded live during Coltrane's only tour of Japan at the Sankei-Hall in Tokyo on the 11th of July 1966.




The songs on this album are noted for their very lengthy running time, all during which each player takes long, free solos, and sometimes the melody is not even played but only briefly alluded to.
By this point in his career, Coltrane was firmly enmeshed into the avant-garde style of jazz. Sanders, who was an innovator of free jazz, influenced Coltrane's playing through his technical use of overblowing and fierce vibrations of the reed, and this record is remarkable for its use of multiphonics, overtones, and other extended musical techniques from both players.





The surreal marathon of 40-minute opener “Afro-Blue” on this album is by far the longest Coltrane ever recorded. It opens with the well-known head before Coltrane takes a modest soprano sax solo, getting free but restrained, then passing over the reigns to a fervent Pharoah, whose solo takes it to the edge. He wastes no time getting atonal before transforming into a grand, beautiful cascade of multiphonic despair and ecstatic overtones, shrieking for the entire duration of his 12+ minute solo. Alice C.’s piano solo dances freely with ghostly grace and tempered insanity, only to lead into an unbelievable 18-minue solo from Coltrane, whose warped melodicism creates a psychokinetic energy to match the intensity of Pharoahs’s all-out visceral whirlwind. Coltrane’s interaction with Ali is remarkable, the two always feeding off one another and, no matter how free and unrestrained, staying remarkably tight through the windstorm of free-flowing tempo fluctuations, as if their minds were merged in meditation.
After a 12-minute bass intro, Coltrane's song "Crescent" is kicked off, with both saxophones taking ferocious solos during the almost hour-long version. The performance concludes with a short statement of the theme from "Leo", behind the MC's introduction of the band.
Coltrane’s dive into the avant garde is clearly manifested here, as his group goes to the edge to find the zone and suspend themselves there. The level of intensity, longing, and joy that pervades the collective imagination of this recording gives it a towering stature in the jazz world. It is an album with a presence that cannot be ignored by any music fan...

_Review by Kyle Banick



If you find it, buy this album!

20 comments:

  1. JOHN COLTRANE QUINTET – Coltrane In Tokyo Vol. 2 (1966 / 2LP-1980)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork

    LP-1:
    https://1fichier.com/?ov8itf1rav
    LP-2:
    https://1fichier.com/?0dgux2xp8l

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  2. Stellar, thank you! I just realized that themes from Jimmy Garrison's opening bass solo on "Crescent", the version shared here, reappeared the following year on Archie Shepp's "Life At The Donaueschingen Music Festival". Anyone know of any other instances, specifically working with these themes?

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  3. Is there any chance these files could be uploaded to Zippy or somewhere a bit easier than 1fichier? At present, the average download time for each file for unregistered users is over 2 hours!

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    1. You have free registration, it takes only a few seconds. When downloading you have the speed to match your internet. Another option is to pay 1 euro for one month, or 6 euros for half a year, it really is not much, all you can download with top speed. It should be just a little effort and a good mood (takes much less time than for making new links). So what do you think, that is for me all free??? and I also need all to pay. Is not that enough leisurely than me, give you an excellent opportunity that without any effort, you reach to these large and rare LPs, which I collected on several decades with a lot of money. There is also perfect sound quality, and you get also the complete cover as a bonus. Well, all that you spend five hours for download the two double LPs is a small and extremely good for you, me is costing much more and money and effort. For this, usually, I do not get even the simple word - thanks. Here, that, neither do you say.
      I think, your requirements are excessive and selfish.
      Regards.

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    2. I have found the average time to be about 12 minutes, and I don't have a superfast connection. I don't see the point of asking bloggers who are generous with their own time to spend more time uploading to another download site. If it doesn't suit you go elsewhere.

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  4. I couldn't make a great deal of sense of much of that, but you clearly enjoy a good old rant over what was an innocuous request. Quite why people have to indulge in such abusive language on the Internet is beyond me. A simple "no, I'm afraid I can't" would have done. Or you could have ignored my request I find it difficult to see how you could have construed it as in any way personal or justifying your tirade.

    Having been the victim of deception in the past, I'm reluctant to register or pay unless I'm absolutely sure the web site is safe.

    Keep up the good work, and try not to get quite so worked up!

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    1. Sorry but I have not used any harsh words, I just wanted you to explain your options and solutions to the problem (if there are any?) and to understand that I have to pay absolutely all the services which I use when creating this blog, and most importantly, that my time is no less more precious than your time. The fact that you did not like the answer is quite another matter. You are the ones who do not undertake absolutely nothing that would be useful for you, I am, however, made everything for his part that you can enjoy the music you selected. Your final words ....??.. I will not comment on that.

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    2. Vitko, I have to thank you again for your time, effort and of course music. I have read the above posts over a few times in a vain attempt to find "abusive language", a "tirade", or any evidence of you getting "worked up". Having found none, I can only suggest our friend is maybe highly strung, hyper-sensitive or something of that ilk. I have from time to time thought of hosting such a blog. However I've realised that I would not have the patience, which you seem to have in spades!

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    3. Thanks Dennis for your understanding. I try (and indeed I care), that everything is as it should be, preferably the best. Very important that this blog is an inspiration for younger listeners first of all, and of course, to all other fans of this kind of music that has left an indelible mark for a certain period of development of modern jazz.
      Thank you once again and let's not more to comment on this little misunderstanding .... For me, this discussion is over.
      Cheers.

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  5. Thank you for uploading this gem! (it also goes for vol. 1)
    Greetings from Greece.

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    1. Thanks and welcome! Good listening.

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  6. Thanks Vitko, You certainly have spent a life time collecting and ripping these wonderful LPs and they are fully appreciated by me, as a blogger, ripper and poster, I know the time spent to create a worthwhile package. These two volumes are magnificent!

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  7. Two beauties! Thanks a lot, Vitko!

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  8. A fantastic post - this and the other volume - thank you! And just as an aside, referring back to earlier comments, subscribing to fichier is quick and very cheap, a tiny price to pay for the wonderful music you are good enough to share with us. I should say thank you more often - the work you put in is very much appreciated. Not just the music, but the scans, and the quality of the posts themselves.

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