Back to School /1. A Love Supreme

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L’estate (torrida) sta finendo, come cantavano i Righeira, Back to School e ci si appresta al ritorno in classe, tra esami, ultimi ritocchi alle tesi, scongiuri vari. E proprio mentre ci si era ormai abituati all’idea di una lenta e progressiva liquefazione è arrivata la notizia capace di refrigerare i nostri sensi e i nostri cuori. La Impulse pubblicherà il prossimo 8 ottobre A Love Supreme. Live in Seattle, an unmissable album that testifies one of the rare live integral performances that John Coltrane and his group made the famous suite. The recording comes from the private collection of saxophonist Joe Brazil, Trane's friend and associate, who, on the night of October 2, 1965, placed two microphones on the stage of the Penthouse in Seattle, connected them to an Ampex and captured with incredible quality the music that Coltrane and his associates performed in what was the last set of a weekly engagement. For years he kept those tapes in his archive, where they were found in 2008, after his death.

The importance of this publication is, of course, enormous. On the one hand, it shows that the full performance at the Juan-le-Pins Festival in July 1965, witnessed on disc, was not the only occasion on which the Saxophonist from Hamlet measured himself with his masterpiece live. On the other hand, it fully captures the process of development and expansion, even timbre, that Trane was elaborating. On the stage of the Penthouse, in fact, in addition to the usual quartet (Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones) were also present Pharoah Sanders (tenor), Carlos Ward (alto) and a second double bass player, Donald "Rafael" Garrett. Moreover, in the original project that Trane pinned on pentagrammed sheets, the idea was to have a bigger sound, thanks to the addition of a sax, a double bass and various percussion instruments.

Back to School that Coltrane had performed A Love Supreme in Seattle in 1965 it was a rumor that had been circulating among fans for years, as told by Lewis Porter, who is the world's leading authority of the saxophonist material. Curiously, "Impulse" had already released a disc of material from that engagement at the Penthouse: in 1971, in fact, Live in Seattle was released, a double album containing music recorded on September 30th. Now, we finally know that the rumors were well-founded, and we can hear this immortal gem.

Vincenzo Martorella

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