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Album Review

This LP, re-released in 2000 and whose contents have been reissued in different sets on CD, features John Coltrane in two different settings. "Vigil" and the spiritual ballad "Welcome" showcase tenor saxophonist Coltrane with his classic quartet (pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones) in June 1965. Dating from October 14, 1965, it adds tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, Donald Garrett on bass clarinet and second bass, second drummer Frank Butler, and percussionist/vocalist Juno Lewis to the quartet and is a bit of an oddity. Lewis' chanting and colorful percussion make this a unique if not essential entry in Coltrane's discography. [Verve's three-track reissue appeared in 2009.]

Customer Reviews

Great album, but some tracks are re-issued

This is a very good album, the only problem is that "Vigil", and "Welcome" are already on the album "Transition". Also, "Dusk Dawn" is already on the album "Living Space"(This still may be the original release of it though). Nevertheless "Kulu Se Mama (Juno Se Mama)" and "Selflessness" aren't already on other Coltrane albums, and are a must have for the jazz listener.

Insight into Elvin

This is one of Elvin’s best recordings! Raw, deep, and intense Grooves. “Vigil” is a must for any drummer- you can every note screaming from Elvin’s kit!

Coltrane and Pharoah

HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you love Coltrane this is a must have in the collection!!!!


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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