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Pablo to Release Live Coltrane Set

It will soon be the 75th anniversary of John Coltrane’s birth, but his fans are getting all the presents. The latest gift bestowed on fans of the seminal saxophonist is a seven-disc set of rare and/or unreleased performances called Live Trane. Pablo Records will release the set on Sept. 21st—two days before the momentous anniversary on Sept. 23rd.

The performances on these seven discs were recorded live in various European locales from Nov. 1961 to Nov. 1963, at shows sponsored by current Pablo Records president Norman Granz. The time is considered a pivotal one in Coltrane’s career, as he began moving from the imaginative but more conventional work of his early years to the fascinating, exotic, challenging experiments of his later period.

Producer Eric Miller combed through Granz’s voluminous tape archives to assemble the 37 selections on Live Trane. The selections feature Coltrane with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Reggie Workman and Elvin Jones; on many tracks the players are joined by Eric Dolphy.

As has become standard for these sets, Live Trane boasts lavish appointments, including an extensive essay by Neil Tesser, words of appreciation from Carlos Santana and plenty of photographs. “Coltrane has engendered more discussion, investigation, scholarship, and analysis than any other jazzman save Duke Ellington and Miles Davis,” writes Tesser. “And the reason for that lies within these tracks, recorded in the ideal setting for his art – the concert performance – at the time he transformed his music (and by extension, the rest of jazz) forever.”

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