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Impressions (Expanded Edition)

John Coltrane

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Album Review

Impressions is a hodgepodge of memorable John Coltrane performances from the 1961-1963 period. "India" and "Impressions" are taken from Trane's famous November 1961 engagement at the Village Vanguard; bass clarinetist Eric Dolphy is heard on the former while the latter features a marathon solo from Coltrane on tenor. Also included on this set are 1962's "Up 'Gainst the Wall" and the classic of the album, 1963's "After the Rain." [This edition of Impressions includes the ten-plus-minute bonus track "Dear Old Stockholm."]

Customer Reviews

Prepare to be impressed.

Eric Dolphy And John Coltrane. Nuff said. If you haven't heard it, buy it. If you've heard "Impression" 'Trane and Dolphy's peerless artistry has already impressed itself on your consciousness, and I would advise you to impress it on your computer's hard drive. We old geezers had the privlage of digging this album when it was still relatively new. You youngsters who haven't already dug it, do so. It's still just as new and hep as it was in in the 60's. I've never heard anything like India before this album came out and I've heard nothing like it since. Peace Ali

An often overlooked treasure

This album was my introduction to Jazz. I still remember the day when one of my roommates in college was strolling across campus, “India” blaring from his portable stereo. It was like nothing I’d ever heard and simultaneously it was something I’d always wanted to hear. That was 20 years ago and I still feel the same way about this often overlooked treasure of John Coltrane’s. This recording is a great representation of his many moods and if you are looking for an entrance into his mercurial world, look no further.

Extremely Underrated

This album was one of the first Jazz album's I've ever owned and it's still one of my favorites. The first time I listened to it, it was one of the most emotional experiences I had at the time. This not one of the most remembered recording in John Coltrane's catalogue, much unlike Blue Train, Giant Steps, and A Love Supreme, but it really is in the same league.


Born: September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. It seems amazing that his period of greatest activity was so short, not only because he recorded prolifically, but also because, taking advantage of his fame, the record companies that recorded him as a sideman in the 1950s frequently reissued...
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