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John Coltrane: Live Trane: The European Tours

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Over half of the music on the box set Live Trane: The European Tours was never released until now. It comes from two-week tours of Europe that the classic quartet took in three successive autumns between 1961 and 1963. Along with the creative turmoil, especially in the leader’s soloing, a sense of exultation in shared virtuoso exploration permeates the Pablo recordings.

By contrast, sorrow emerges from the howls of The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording, dominated by dense storms of percussion and recorded three months before Coltrane’s death in 1967; it too was never released before now.

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