John Coltrane – Coltrane’s Sound (1960)

Among the heavyweight albums recorded during John Coltrane's solo career, there are several gems that have become somewhat obscured over the decades beneath the vast shadow of the legendary releases. So revered are rightful classics such as Blue Train (1957), Giant Steps (1960) and of course the canonised A Love Supreme (1965) that comparatively minor … Continue reading John Coltrane – Coltrane’s Sound (1960)

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Kamasi Washington – The Epic (2015)

This bombastic 172-minute, 3-CD debut by Kamasi Washington was highly praised upon its release as no less than the new centre of the earth, making it onto many end-of-year Best Of lists. Disappointingly it is not the future of jazz but I agree that here is an impressive achievement wherein the high points are truly … Continue reading Kamasi Washington – The Epic (2015)

Miles Davis Quintet In Copenhagen (1960)

When Miles Davis undertook a Norman Granz organized tour of Europe during March and April of 1960, his famous 'first great quintet' was pretty much a done deal. Of that ground-breaking combo only Paul Chambers on bass and a reluctant John Coltrane (now playing soprano as well as tenor sax) remained, accompanied by pianist Wynton … Continue reading Miles Davis Quintet In Copenhagen (1960)