Tuesday, September 30, 2014

John Coltrane -- Offering: Live at Temple University

Pleased to have gotten this two-disc set right off the bat: John Coltrane, Offering: Live at Temple University -- November 11, 1966, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Verve, 2014).

Coltrane fans will recognize the Coltrane sound in an instant -- seriously, in less than one second. And from beginning to end, it's one wild ride. 

Disc one is frenetic and demanding and disc two starts that way, too, until "Offering" and "My Favorite Things" -- tracks that calm down long enough for even newcomers to catch what feels like a more patterned and coherent flow of beatific music. 

Overall, Offering makes an otherworldly impression -- really out there at times, like intergalactic -- some strange numinous frequency.   
Apparently Allen Ginsberg was floating around the main campus of Temple University on the same evening as the Coltrane performance. I would imagine that he would have attended if he knew about it -- and maybe he did. More will be revealed. Can you dig?  

Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Guess I will have to give it a listen.

jodi said...

Erik-did you see the show?