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Crescent - 2022 Reissue

    Crescent is widely regarded as one of John Coltrane's finest albums, featuring the talents of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. During 1964, John Coltrane spent the least amount of time in the recording studio of his entire career as a leader. It wasn't until April 27th that he, along with Tyner, Garrison and Jones went to the familiar surroundings of Rudy Van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs studio to record all the tracks that appear on Crescent. In a hint of things to come for the Classic Quartet, both Garrison and Jones are featured on extended solos on the album’s second side. Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from the original analog tapes mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QPR. The series is supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, and releases are presented in deluxe gatefold tip-on packaging.

    TRACK LISTING

    Crescent [8:40] (Side A)
    Wise One [9:01] (Side A)
    Bessie’s Blues [3:30] (Side A)
    Lonnie’s Lament [11:42] (Side B)
    The Drum Thing [7:20] (Side B)

    John Coltrane

    'Live' At The Village Vanguard - 2022 Reissue

      'Live' at the Village Vanguard (Impulse! AS-10), was Coltrane’s first official ‘live’ album. Coltrane is joined here on two tunes by Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, plus McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums, and Reggie Workman and Jimmy Garrison alternating on bass. Garrison’s presence on this album makes this the first recording by what came to be known as Coltrane’s ‘Classic Quartet’. Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York, November 2 & 3, 1961.

      Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from the original analog tapes mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QPR. The series is supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, and releases are presented in deluxe gatefold tip-on packaging.

      TRACK LISTING

      Spiritual [13:48] (Side A)
      Softly As In A Morning Sunrise [6:33] (Side A)
      Chasin’ The Trane [16:07] (Side B)

      Sons Of Kemet

      African Cosmology - Black Friday Edition

        AVAILABLE ONLINE ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 8AM.

        LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        This Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive features two never-before-heard b-sides hailed from the same sessions as the globally acclaimed new Sons of Kemet record “Black To The Future”. “Rites of Passage” is an 11 minute exploratory, contemplative composition led by Shabaka Hutchings’ colorful melodies. “Myth Science” showcases Kemet at their most realized, a rich arrangement coupled with driving, inter-woven percussions and lyrical horn playing.Specifications: 

        John Coltrane

        A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle

          Impulse! dig up a never-before-heard live recording from a private collection featuring Coltrane’s Classic Quartet augmented by Pharoah Sanders amongst others. This is one of only three known concert performances of the most iconic suite in jazz.
          Recorded in late 1965 on the culminating evening of a historic week-long run at The Penthouse in Seattle, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle is a musical revelation of historic importance, capturing Coltrane as he began to expand his classic quartet—adding Pharoah Sanders on second saxophone and Donald Garrett on second bass—and catapulting him into the intense, spiritually focused final phase of his career.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. A Love Supreme Pt. I – Acknowledgement
          2. Interlude 1
          3. A Love Supreme Pt. II – Resolution
          4. Interlude 2
          5. A Love Supreme Pt. III – Pursuance
          6. Interlude 3
          7. Interlude 4
          8. A Love Supreme Pt. IV – Psalm

          Alice Coltrane is the undeniable godmother of spiritual jazz and an acknowledged influence on everyone from Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington to Solange and Radiohead.

          “Kirtan: Turiya Sings” features Alice Coltrane at peak spirituality and is presented in this arrangement for the first time in any format. “Turyia Sings” was originally released in 1982 on cassette as a collection of devotional songs including vocals, organ, strings, and synthesizers available only at Alice’s “Sai Anantam Ashram”. “Kirtan: Turiya Sings” features a sparser arrangement of organ and chanting, produced by Ravi Coltrane. This is intentional, devotional music created with the purpose of connecting to a higher power. The pared back arrangements on this new release are enchantingly haunting and encourage the listener to reach a meditative headspace so as to channel connectiveness to a greater spirit.

          The perfect introduction to Alice Coltrane for listeners interested in music for mediation and personal wellness.

          “Turiya” is short for Alice’s full Sanskrit name Turiyasangitananda. “Kirtan” means “narrating, reciting, telling, describing, of an idea of story”.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Alice Coltrane is one of the most legendary figures in the history of spiritual jazz for good reason, so while it's always an exciting thing to see a reissue come out on vinyl, this one is even more special. 'Kirtan..' sees Coltrane stripping things right back to a simple organ, accompanied by her unmistakeable, hypnotic voice. It's a beautifully simplistic, wildly effective and entirely essential document of one of the greatest jazz musicians of our time.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Jagadishwar
          2. Jai Ramachandra
          3. Krishna Krishna
          4. Rama Katha
          5. Yamuna Tira Vihari
          6. Charanam
          7. Govindi Hara
          8. Hara Siva
          9. Pranadhana

          Sons of Kemet returns in 2021 with their new album Black To The Future. The follow up to 2018’s Mercury Prize nominated breakout release Your Queen Is A Reptile. This is their 4th record, and 2nd on impulse! Compared with ”Your Queen is a Reptile”, this album has featured vocalists and more of an emphasis on fuller compositions and arrangements. Guest artists include Kojey Radical, Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid, Joshua Idehen, D Double E.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: Oooft! Just what was lacking from this year, Sons of Kemet delivering the goods with 'Black To The Future'. Featuring vocals on this album adds an extra something special, definitely a firm favourite of mine for 2021.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Field Negus Feat. Joshua Idehen
          2. Pick Up Your Burning Cross Feat. Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid
          3. Think Of Home
          4. Hustle Feat. Kojey Radical
          5. For The Culture Feat. D Double E
          6. To Never Forget The Source
          7. In Remembrance Of Those Fallen
          8. Let The Circle Be Unbroken
          9. Envision Yourself Levitating
          10. Throughout The Madness, Stay Strong
          11. Black Feat. Joshua Idehen

          Shabaka & The Ancestors

          We Were Sent Here By History

          Shabaka Hutchings is a British-Barbadian jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and band leader. He leads the bands Sons of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors. He is also a member of The Comet Is Coming, performing under the stage name King Shabaka. S&TA project was formed in early 2016, leading to their debut album later that year ‘Wisdom of Elders’; a document of sessions combining Hutchings with a group of South African jazz musicians he’d long admired. His connection to the group was Mandla Mlangeni (bandleader of the Amandla Freedom Ensemble), whom he’d flown there to play with over the past few years. ‘We Are Sent Here by History’ is a meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species. It is a reflection from the ruins, from the burning. A questioning of the steps to be taken in preparation for our transition individually and societally if the end is to be seen as anything but a tragic defeat. For those lives lost and cultures dismantled by centuries of western expansionism, capitalist thought and white supremist structural hegemony the end days have long been heralded as present with this world experienced as an embodiment of a living purgatory. 


          TRACK LISTING

          Side 1
          1. Mzwandile (13:32)
          2. Joyous (6:39)
          Side 2
          1. The Observer (9:06)
          2. The Sea (11:45)
          Side 3
          1. The Observed (1:43)
          2. Natty (10:00)
          3. OBS (5:10)
          Side 4
          1. Give Thanks (8:08)
          2. Nguni (9:25)

          John Coltrane

          1963: New Directions

            'In the brief, bright arc that is the career of John Coltrane, 1963 marks a point of transition between past jazz masterpieces and future work which would transcend the boundaries of the music itself.  That year's recorded output shows movement in many directions: a look back at the past, continued examination of a familiar repertoire, exploration of more traditional formats and a look forward at compositions and approaches that would further extend the reach of jazz. John Coltrane 1963: New Directions collects all of John Coltrane’s 1963 Impulse recordings in the order in which they were recorded

            5-LP, 3-CD sets include artwork featuring original collages.

            The box is meant to show the growth in Coltrane’s musical journey in 1963 that ultimately resulted in 1964’s “Crescent” and, especially, “A Love Supreme” // Music comes from the original albums “Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album”, “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”, “Dear Old Stockholm” (released after Coltrane’s death), “Newport ‘63” and “Live at Birdland”.

            John Coltrane

            Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Deluxe Edition)

            These 2CD and 2LP formats features a further 7 tracks of different takes giving a further 40 minutes of music.

            June 8, 2018 (New York, NY) – On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet— McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones –recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, is now finally released 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz.
            The first week of March in 1963 was busy for John Coltrane. He was in the midst of a two-week run at Birdland and was gearing up to record the famed John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman album, which he did on March 7. But there was a session the day before that was the stuff of legend, until now.
            On Wednesday, March 6, Coltrane and the quartet went to Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ and cut a complete album’s worth of material, including several original compositions that were never recorded elsewhere. They spent the day committing these to tape, taking time with some, rehearsing them two, three times, playing them in different ways and in different configurations.
            At the end of the day, Coltrane left Van Gelder Studios with a reference tape and brought it to the home in Queens that he shared with his wife, Naima. These tapes remained untouched for the next 54 years until Impulse! approached the family about finally releasing this lost album. Though the master tape was never found—Rudy Van Gelder wasn’t one for clutter—the reference tape was discovered to be in excellent condition.
            As the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins so rightly put it, “This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.” The musical implications of this album, the original compositions, the arrangements, the band, the year it was recorded, all amount to a rediscovery and re-contextualization of one of the most important musicians of our time.
            Danny Bennett, President and CEO of the Verve Label Group and home of Impulse! records, says, “Jazz is more relevant today than ever. It’s becoming the alternative music of the 21st century, and no one embodies the boundary-breaking essence of jazz more than John Coltrane. He was a visionary who changed the course of music, and this lost album is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. It gives us insight into his creative process and connects us to his artistry. This album is a cultural moment and coincides perfectly with our relaunch of the iconic Impulse! label.”
            On this album, there are two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals. “Untitled Original 11383” and “Untitled Original 11386,” both played on soprano sax. “11383” features an arco bass solo by Jimmy Garrison, a relative rarity, and “11386” marks a significant structural change for the quartet, in that they keep returning to the theme between solos, not typical in the quartet’s repertoire.
            In addition to the two unheard originals, “One Up, One Down” – released previously only on a bootleg recording from Birdland – is heard here as a studio recording for the first and only time. It contains a fascinating exchange between Elvin Jones and Coltrane.
            “Impressions”, one of Coltrane’s most famous and oft-recorded compositions, is played here in a piano-less trio. In fact, McCoy Tyner lays out a number of times during this recording session. It’s one of the more interesting aspects of this session and reflects the harmonic possibilities that Coltrane was known to be discussing regularly with Ornette Coleman around this time.
            This studio session also yielded Coltrane’s first recording of “Nature Boy,” which he would record again in 1965, and the two versions differ greatly. The one we know is exploratory, meandering. This version is tight, solo-less and clocking in at just over three minutes. The other non-original composition on the album is “Vilia,” from Franz Lehár’s operetta “The Merry Widow”. The soprano version on the Deluxe Edition is the only track from this session to have been previously released.
            This incredible, once-in-a-lifetime discovery reveals a number of creative balances at work, like developing original melodies while rethinking familiar standards. Like trying out some tunes first on tenor saxophone, then on soprano. Using older techniques like the arpeggio runs of his “sheets of sound” while experimenting with false fingerings and other newer sounds. This session was pivotal, though to call it such overlooks the fact Coltrane was ever on pivot, always pushing the pedal down while still calling on older, tested ideas and devices.
            Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a major addition to the Coltrane catalogue and the most important jazz discovery in recent memory.


            TRACK LISTING

            Disc: 1
            1. Untitled Original 11383
            2. Nature Boy
            3. Untitled Original 11386
            4. Vilia
            5. Impressions
            6. Slow Blues
            7. One Up, One Down

            Disc: 2
            1. Villa (Take 5)
            2. Impressions (Take 1)
            3. Impressions (Take 2)
            4. Impressions (Take 4)
            5. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 2)
            6. Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5)
            7. One Up, One Down (Take 6)


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