04/04/14

1966 Coltrane Concert to Have 1st Official Release

Philly show features Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Rashied Ali

John Coltrane’s Nov. 11, 1966 concert at Philadelphia’s Temple University will be released officially for the first time on Sept. 23—Trane’s 88th birthday—by Impulse!/Resonance Records. The recently discovered tapes, here titled Offering: Live At Temple University, will be available in both two-CD and two-LP configurations. The band accompanying Coltrane on the date included his wife Alice Coltrane on piano plus Pharoah Sanders (reeds and flute), Rashied Ali (drums) and Sonny Johnson (bass).

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Chuck Stewart

John Coltrane with Alice Coltrane, Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 1966

According to a press release, the 90-minute Offering is the first officially sanctioned release of an undiscovered complete Coltrane performance since 2005, when Impulse! released the 1965 radio broadcasts comprising One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note and Blue Note Records issued Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, from 1957.

Until now, says the press release, Resonance used “direct transfers of original master reels from a location recording by Temple’s WRTI-FM, remastered at 96kHz/24 bit, that were tracked down by Coltrane scholar Yasuhiro Fujioka.” The 24-page booklet included with the CD set features extensive liner notes by Ashley Kahn and rarely seen photographs by Frank Kofsky.

The two-LP edition is mastered for vinyl by state-of-the-art engineer Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at 33-1/3 rpm by audiophile avatars R.T.I. (Record Technology Inc.).

For more information, go to Resonance Records.

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