'Afro Blue Impressions' is a live recording of John Coltrane, originally captured in 1963, but only released by Pablo in 1977. Coltrane's performance here is one of physical boundary-pushing with his soprano sax, moving his hands ferociously around the instrument and trying to elicit near-impossible sounds from it. On this performance, he's backed by the seminal John Coltrane Quartet: McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums and Jimmy Garrison on bass.
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10/10 Paul McDonald 21st April 2015
A long time ago I thought that by smoking unfiltered French cigarettes and listening to Modern Jazz Quartet I too could be as cool as Paul Weller of the Style Council ....who was i kidding? I was already showing signs of early age baldness and whenever I wore loafers without socks I always got a right nasty blister. So I stopped trying to be cool and I stopped trying to 'get' Jazz man.
Fast forward many years, when I didnt need to try and be cool as it was simply coming to me naturally (ahem) I fortunately gave it another go...this album was pivotal in me 'getting it' second time round...in the years since my 'reawakening' I've had this beauty on tape, CD and MP3...and now I have it on the daddy of all formats..delicious black vinyl...I may be bald, I may no longer smoke (especially those French lung burners) and I may still struggle with shoes without socks but im glad that I gave Jazz another go as my record collection would be lacking something essential without this masterpiece nestling amongst it!
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