Tuesday, September 1, 2009

John Coltrane (USA) - Coltrane (1962)



Listen to Tunji. How do you describe that shit? I mean, how do you describe the atmosphere? I'll tell you how - goddamn cyberpunk, Blade Runner or something, 6 years before Dick wrote the first one off his drug-crazed mind, 20 years before Scott screened his best movie ever, 22 years before Neuromancer mindfucked sci-fi like a giant mecha fucking up the unhappy contra-cultural rollercoaster hurtin' for a soulmate, 32 years before the unmistakable Global Communication seventy-six-minutes-fourteen-seconds-long imagist scene straight back from the Kenji Kawai soundtrack riddled future (and, well, past), 41 years after Zamyatin spat out the truth about We all mad on maths and love and the insanely beautiful combination of the two (fuck you Huxley, and fuck even you, Orwell; fuck you), a goddamn 93 years after Dostoyevsky cried out for sweet Jesus and killed sweet Jesus in existential futility. I'm saying that Coltrane was the prophet at the top of the skyscraper, man. He dreamt of dystopian landscapes and megastructural industry and Africa in smoke spirals from the old Earth-heart of darkness Yeats could never even imagine.

Tracklist:
01. Out of this World (Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer) 14:05
02. Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron) 5:26
03. The Inch Worm (Frank Loesser) 6:18
04. Tunji (John Coltrane) 6:35
05. Miles' Mode (John Coltrane) 7:34
06. Big Nick (John Coltrane) 4:07
07. Up 'Gainst the Wall (John Coltrane) 3:13
Total playing time 47:18

Personnel:
John Coltrane (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone)
McCoy Tyner (Piano)
Jimmy Garrison (Double Bass)
Elvin Jones (Drums)

She's a replicant, isn't she? (320kbps, Mediafire) / no link as of 3/8/11, DMCA and whatever the fuck

This is one of my favorites. Recorded in 1962, Impulse release, it was before the man went mad and had yet to make some of that absolutely wonderful chaos. I want to do a Trane Train. Anybody interested?

8 comments:

cjejons said...

Interested. And thanks.

Apoctosis said...

Beautiful writeup.

gamefaced said...

yeah, ditto apoctosis. remarkable writing here.

Zmaj said...

Thanks! Hear my trane a-comin'.

Andrew Childers said...

my favorite dostoeyevski novel, neuromancer, zamyatin, coltrane, bladerunner and pkd in one graph.
*bows down*
you are the fucking master.

Zmaj said...

Man, it's my favorite Dostoyevsky too! I wept like a baby when I finished that goddamn beautiful thing ahh. Memories.

And thanks.

Anonymous said...

thanks, love your blurb. The greatest musician who ever took a breath on this here planet, save me a ticket for the trane. Boogie on motherfucker-drwatts

Anonymous said...

wack writeup and blade runner sucks. thank god for my health my nigga im out