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Significant Events:

Crescent Session In May and June Coltrane records the Crescent session.
Eric Dolphy Dies Eric Dolphy, on tour in Europe, dies in Berlin on June 29 1964.   Coltrane later receives one of his bass clarinets from his parents. 
A Love Supreme On December 9 Coltrane and the quartet record the four-movement suite A Love Supreme, the first of Coltrane's major works and a major success. 
Some additional notes may be found on the Coltrane FAQs page.


640427.  The complete version of 640427e Bessie's Blues from this session was 4:40, according to Impulse records. Only an incomplete version has survived.


641209.  An alternate take of 641209b Resolution was located by Ravi Coltrane and will be released on Impulse IMPD8-280 in November 1998.


641210.  The sextet version of A Love Supreme with Archie Shepp has been sought after since the original quartet version was released. Coltrane's prayer (liner notes) thanks Shepp and bassist Art Davis who both recorded on a track that regrettably will not be released at this time . But the session tapes were missing from the tape vaults as far back as 1976. Fujioka was able to audition copies of portions of the session, presumably from dubs in the Coltrane family vault, and lists two incomplete takes of Acknowledgement, with Shepp, and two of Resolution, one complete, both without Shepp. There does not appear to be a complete performance with the sextet.

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Contents of this page based on The Recordings of John Coltrane: A Discography, (c) 1977, 1978, 1979 by David Wild and disc’ribe, Issues # 1, # 2, and # 3, (c) 1980, 1981 and 1983 by Angelyn and David Wild. All the usual legal protections apply. Click here to send mail to Dave Wild.