The John Coltrane Quartet
May 23 & June 7, 1961
Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little (tp) Jim Buffington, Donald Carrado, Bob Northern, Robert Swisshelm, Julius Watkins (frh) Charles Greenlee, Julian Priester, Carl Bowman (euph) Bill Barber (tu) John Coltrane (ss, ts) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl, arr, cond) Pat Patrick (bars) Garvin Bushell (reeds) McCoy Tyner (p, arr) Reggie Workman, Art Davis (b) Elvin Jones (d) Cal Massey (arr) Romulus Franceschini (cond)
May 10, 2011
This was one of the first few Impulse albums I heard, found on the shelves of my college radio station WMWC. It was the first (?) re-release of the full Africa/Brass sessions and it was pretty mind-blowing for someone who really hadn’t dug too deeply into jazz at that point. This was Trane’s first recording for Impulse and featured a pretty amazing line-up including the young prodigy Booker Little, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, and Elvin Jones. Coltrane was able to work with a 15-piece brass section, which gave his work a large, somewhat chaotic, orchestral sound. The original album clocked in at just over 33 minutes, but the full sessions nearly triple the playtime.