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John Coltrane, Impressions

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John Coltrane, Impressions

Audio CD

Disk ID: 231416

Disk length: 36m 34s (4 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1987

Label: Unknown

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“Impressions” Tracks & Durations

1. India14:10
2. Up 'gainst the wall 3:15
3. Impressions14:56
4. After the rain 4:09

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Review

One of John Coltrane's great LPs of the early '60s, Impressions might seem like a hodgepodge, with tracks from three different sessions in three different years. The two long tracks--"Impressions" and "India"--come from Coltrane's November 1961 stand at the Village Vanguard, and together they represent the poles of Coltrane's conception at the time. "Impressions," a personal variant of "So What" that Coltrane had long explored as a member of the Miles Davis quintet, is an uptempo tenor onslaught, a blistering, sustained exploration in which Coltrane and drummer Elvin Jones established new parameters for intensity and sheer physicality. "India," a variant on the earlier "Mr. Knight," has Coltrane's soprano and Eric Dolphy's bass clarinet keening over two pulsing basses, piano, and drums, pressing jazz toward hypnotic depths. Balancing those extraordinary live performances are more compact studio recordings. "Up 'Gainst the Wall," from 1962, is a tautly convoluted blues without piano. "After the Rain," a gorgeous original ballad, and "Dear Old Stockholm" come from a 1963 session when drummer Roy Haynes had temporarily replaced Elvin Jones. The material is also available on the definitive box sets, Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings and Classic Quartet--Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings, but for listeners not ready for those investments, this is a superb portrait of a multifaceted artist. --Stuart Broomer

Other Versions

Albums are mined from the various public resources and can be actually the same but different in the tracks length only. We are keeping all versions now.

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 4, Disk length: 36m 33s (-1m 59s)

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 4, Disk length: 36m 40s (+0m 6s)

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 4, Disk length: 36m 45s (+0m 11s)

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 4, Disk length: 36m 45s (+0m 11s)

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 4, Disk length: 40m 53s (+4m 19s)

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 4, Disk length: 40m 55s (+4m 21s)

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 5 (+1 tracks), Disk length: 47m 17s (+10m 43s)

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 5 (+1 tracks), Disk length: 47m 40s (+11m 6s)

John Coltrane - Impressions

Tracks: 8 (+4 tracks), Disk length: 58m 6s (+21m 32s)