John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard, 1962
John Coltrane - soprano saxophone / tenor saxophone
Eric Dolphy - bass clarinet
McCoy Tyner - piano
Reggie Workman / Jimmy Garrison - bass
Elvin Jones - drums
When I first started studying jazz seriously my teacher gave me different records to listen to every week. In just the first few weeks of my lessons I was given this record. Trane’s improvisational impetus blew me away as did the momentum of Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. I’d listen to the full 13-minute take of “Chasin’ the Trane” over and over, listening hard and desperately trying to keep the 12-bar blues form in my head as Trane stretched farther and farther out harmonically and thematically. His concept was so far beyond anything I had experienced musically at that point in my life. Even though I was struggling to comprehend the unfamiliar and sophisticated language of Trane’s improvising I was still drawn to it.
Give this record a listen if you have the time. I highly doubt you will regret it.