Live at Birdland

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Recorded: 
1963
Released: 
1964
Genre: 
Jazz
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Catalog #: 
AS-50

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Arguably John Coltrane's finest all-around album, this recording has brilliant versions of "Afro Blue" and "I Want to Talk About You"; the second half of the latter features Coltrane on unaccompanied tenor tearing into the piece but never losing sight of the fact that it is a beautiful ballad. The remainder of this album ("Alabama," "The Promise," and "Your Lady") is almost at the same high level. [Impulse!'s 1996 reissue included a bonus track, "Vilia."]

[Yanow, Scott. allmusic.com. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3nfpxzwjldhe]