“Sun Ship: The Complete Session”: John Coltrane’s Musical Documentary
Posted by Richard Brody
The release of alternate takes has special significance in jazz, for obvious reasons. Even though no performance of composed music is precisely repeatable—and loving classical music implies being keenly sensitive to the shuddering sublimity of the moment’s unique inspiration—the variety in improvised performances from take to take or set to set is likely to be even greater, and, with the most original musicians, what emerges from the vaults is often revelatory.
So it is with “Sun Ship: The Complete Session,” a newly released two-CD set of recordings by John Coltrane and his “classic quartet” of McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums).
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