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Significant Events:

Halfnote Broadcasts Alan Grant broadcast regularly from the Half Note, and four performances appear to have been taped. Three have been released on bootlegs.
May-June Quartet Sessions
August European Tour. Four concerts, all recorded in their entirety , from two performances at the Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival, one in Paris and another in Comblain Belgium. Three of the four performances were also videotaped
Fall West Coast Tour. Coltrane recorded several performances from the tour at his own expense; all were later released by Impulse
McCoy Tyner Leaves Quartet

Some additional notes may be found on the Coltrane FAQs page.



650319.  Coltrane's Half Note appearances were broadcast on WABC-FM's Portrait in Jazz program, hosted by Alan Grant (who can be heard on some of the issues). Although Fuji also lists Lonnie's Lament from this session, it was not broadcast and does not appear to have been taped.

650328.  The second title from this brief performance was recently located and may be released during 1998.

650402.  The Untitled Original from this session has shown up with a variety of titles. Coltrane interpolates the theme of Vigil during his solo.

650507650507a is misidentified as Brasilia on some releases.

650526.  Alternate takes exist of some titles from this and other sessions. The alternate version of "Dear Lord" 650526b includes several breakdowns and a complete alternate take. This take will be issued on Imp Imp IMPD8-280 in November 1998.

650610The Last Blues is a trio performance by Coltrane, Garrison and Jones. It was listed as lost in the original discography because the master tapes no longer existed in the ABC Impulse tape vaults. However, a copy of those tapes was recently located in the Coltrane family tape library, and this is the source of the version released on Imp [CD] IMPD-246.

650616.  Two versions exist of 650616b, Living Space. The original release of this music was on Impulse A9225, Infinity. For that album (assembled in 1972) Alice Coltrane overdubbed herself on harp and tamboura, Joan Chapman, tamboura; Oran Coltrane, bells; and a string orchestra. On the later release Feelin' Good, Impulse IZ9345-2, the original quartet version of the track was released. Note that Coltrane overdubbed himself on soprano saxophone on this title (at the original session). Alternate takes exist from this session. An alternate take of Living Space, consisting of breakdowns and a complete take, will be released on Impulse IMPD8-280 in November 1998.

650628.  Coltrane recorded two complete takes of Ascension. Both have been released, and are now commonly identified as Edition I and Edition II . Coltrane requested that the second version be released after the first had been out for a while. Both were complete performances but were divided in order to fit onto a single LP (they have been "rejoined" in the CD releases). For easy distinction note that Elvin Jones only solos on Edition I (there is no drum solo following the bass duet on Edition II). A further discussion of the complexities of this session is beyond the scope of this online discography.

650726.  Most versions of this performance run around 40 minutes and omit a Jimmy Garrison bass solo. For a complete discussion of the various versions (including those with only the third movement), see Fujioka

650727Blue Valse is actually a quartet version of Ascension. In the concert, Blue Valse is followed by a drum solo (the timing shown for Blue Valse includes this 3' solo), and a ten minute bass solo precedes Impressions (the timing for Impressions includes this solo). Unraveling the different variations in the bootlegs which have been issued with this concert is beyond the scope of this online discography; the interested reader should refer to the Fujioka discography for a thorough explanation.

650922.  This version of Joy is the only title extant from what was a private Coltrane session. It was initially released on the Infinity album, in edited format with strings, harp, vibes and an additional bassist (Charlie Haden) overdubbed, at a length of 8:01. On Impulse IZ9345-2 and equivalents the title has been restored to its original format and length.

650930.  This was a private recording paid for by Coltrane, of performances during an appearance in Seattle. Afro-Blue (650930h) is actually three pieces, Afro-Blue, a bass interlude, and an untitled, incomplete uptempo Coltrane composition. Two titles also exist from a radio broadcast from this venue, which was not a part of the actual session (the broadcast may or may not be from the same night).

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