The John Coltrane Quartet - Africa / Brass (1961/2008/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

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The John Coltrane Quartet - Africa / Brass (1961/2008/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Coltrane Quartet - Africa/Brass (1961/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 33:36 minutes | 737 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

One of the greatest jazz masterpieces of all time, "Africa/Brass" frames Coltrane’s lyrical improvisation in explosive horn arrangements that include legendary trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and free jazz innovator Eric Dolphy. Pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and bassists Reggie Workman and Art Davis underpin the orchestrations with propulsive energy that makes for one of the most exhilarating listens in jazz history. AFRICA BRASS shows the legendary tenor player at one of his greatest artistic heights and is an absolutely essential addition to any jazz-lover’s library.

Recorded and released in 1961, the big band album "Africa/Brass" marks John Coltrane's debut for Impulse and was a bold departure for the saxophonist. Coltrane, his quartet and a 15-piece brass section take on the English folk song Greensleeves in addition to two lengthy originals that explore African rhythms.

This album combines together the two related Africa/Brass LPs that formed John Coltrane's debut on the Impulse! label. On these dates the great tenor was backed by groups ranging from nine to 14 pieces playing pieces arranged by Eric Dolphy. "Africa" (which is heard in two versions) is the most memorable selection on an extended set that also includes "Blues Minor," "Song of the Underground Railroad," and two versions of "Greensleeves." Two other numbers from these sessions (a third take of "Africa" and "The Damned Don't Cry"), both of which were released on the double-LP Trane's Modes, are all that is missing. Although it would have been preferred that such sidemen as trumpeter Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, and Eric Dolphy himself had received some solo space (only Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and the various bassists get to stand out individually), the music is quite rewarding and sometimes haunting.


01 - Africa
02 - Greensleeves
03 - Blues Minor

Produced by Creed Taylor. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded on May 23, 1961 (#2) & June 7, 1961 (#1,3) at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

John Coltrane - soprano & tenor saxophone
McCoy Tyner - piano
Reggie Workman - bass
Elvin Jones - drums
+ "huge Orchestra" - conducted by Eric Dolphy

Analyzed: John Coltrane Quartet / Africa/Brass

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR13 -4.27 dB -20.81 dB 16:22 01-Africa
DR15 -3.97 dB -21.62 dB 9:53 02-Greensleeves
DR12 -5.93 dB -20.93 dB 7:21 03-Blues Minor

Number of tracks: 3
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2947 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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