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Album Review

Not released for the first time until 1974 but now available in expanded form as a CD, this set of duets by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and drummer Rashied Ali are full of fire, emotion and constant abstract invention. The original four pieces ("Mars," "Venus," "Jupiter" and "Saturn") are joined by "Leo" and "Jupiter Variation." Coltrane alternates quiet moments with sections of great intensity, showing off his phenominal technique and ability to improvise without the need for chordal instruments. Rousing if somewhat inaccessible music.

Customer Reviews

2 instrument masterpiece

Drums and sax is more than enough when the instrument is the space between and consuming us all.


The techniques that are used on this album are enough to keep the listener glued to the headphoenes or whatever. when he starts playing sheets of sound most noted on mars it almost sounds like a lazer gun due to the shear speed and ability to play with unrelenting expression and power.

Coltrane's final days

This is the craziest, if not the oddest, jazz album I've listened to. You can hear how Coltrane's techniques and ideas built up over the years has come to this extremely informal jazz album. While it is unique, it is, at the same time, sad because of Coltrane's health problems having a noticeable effect on his playing; in other words, he sounds like he is suffering. In a way, this album shows the pain he went through and what it felt like, physically and psychologically. The only regret I have with this album is that it makes me feel sad that Coltrane is no longer around to further evolve his interpretation of jazz. Rest in peace, John.


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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