John Coltrane's Crescent from the spring of 1964 is an epic album, showing his meditative side that would serve as a perfect prelude to his immortal work A Love Supreme. His finest quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones supports the somewhat softer side of Coltrane, and while not completely in ballad style, the focus and accessible tone of this recording work wonders for anyone willing to sit back and let this music enrich and wash over you. While not quite at the "sheets of sound" unfettered music he would make before his passing in 1967, there are hints of this group stretching out in restrained dynamics, playing as lovely a progressive jazz as heard anywhere in any time period.
Classic Bob Dylan songs interpreted by British artists drawn from the 60s pop, folk, beat and underground scenes.
Ace's Songwriter Series continues to pay tribute to the most eminent tunesmiths of the 20th Century. This month they bring you our salute to one of the UK's highest profile singer-songwriters, with more than 50 years of hits under his belt Graham Gouldman. Listen People offers an overview of almost half a century of great British songwriting, from Graham's early 60s songs for his own first group the Mockingbirds, to his 21st century collaborations with Kirsty MacColl and McFly. Just about all of Graham's best-known songs are included, many of them performed by singers and groups with whom he has long been associated such as the Hollies, Herman's Hermits, the Yardbirds and both Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders…
On this unusual album, pianist Paul Bley's 1964 trio (with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian) is joined by tenor-saxophonist John Gilmore during his brief hiatus from Sun Ra's Arkestra. Unissued at the time (five of the eight numbers made their debut on Bley's IAI label), the music is explorative but not as free as one might expect. Best-known among the six Carla Bley originals (which are joined by Paul's "Turns") is the lyrical "Ida Lupino" which is heard in two versions. The music overall is quite stimulating and a bit offbeat, a reflection of Paul Bley's adventurous spirit.
Crescent Shores represents a new direction for acclaimed guitarist Les Sabler as he performs on nylon string acoustic guitar. The song selection includes three new arrangements of tracks from Sabler's "Time For Love" album, as well as, covers of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed," Sting's "Fragile" and Mark-Almond's "Lonely Girl."
This second volume in Universal/Impulse's reissuing of the albums of John Coltrane contains some choice titles. For those who love the early Impulse Trane, there is certainly something here for you in the John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman collection of ballads. There's also the excellent quartet era with Live at Birdland, Crescent, and the seminal A Love Supreme, the record that changed everything ever after for him. In addition, there is the 1963 album Impressions, a compilation of sorts. There is a long quartet selection called "Up 'Gainst the Wall" (1962), a beautiful but brief "After the Rain" with drummer Roy Haynes sitting in for Elvin Jones from 1963, the title cut, and opening number "India," recorded with Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet and Reggie Workman as an additional bassist.
John Coltrane's Crescent from the spring of 1964 is an epic album, showing his meditative side that would serve as a perfect prelude to his immortal work; A Love Supreme.