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Coltrane Quartet’s ‘Complete Sun Ship Session’ to be Released on CD and LP

Previously unreleased tracks will be added to existing 1965 sessions

John Coltrane [photo credit: Roy Thompson]

The John Coltrane Quartet’s The Complete Sun Ship Session will be released as a two-CD set from Verve Records April 16 and as a three-LP vinyl set from Mosaic May 21. The release includes newly discovered and previously unissued alternate takes from one of the final studio sessions by the John Coltrane Quartet.

According to a press release, “Sun Ship, recorded August 26, 1965, captures one of the last sessions by the classic John Coltrane Quartet (Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones). It comes at the culmination of a year in which Coltrane arguably reached his creative peak, a year rich in such masterworks. The Sun Ship album, though, was not issued until 1971, one of several Coltrane albums issued by Impulse! Records after his death. And Sun Ship was, like many jazz albums, the product of editing between takes, a process overseen by John’s widow Alice.”

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