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A Divine Offering: John Coltrane's Temple University Performance Released via Impulse!/Resonance Records for His Birthday

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Apr 08, 2014 06:39 PM EDT

November 11, 1966: Temple University heard one of John Coltrane's most exquisite performances.

Said performance, now, will be captured and pressed via Impulse!/Resonance records and released on the Trane man's birthday, September 23.

Recorded less than a year before he died, the disc features the likes of Alice Coltrane on piano, Pharaoh Sanders on woods and flutes and Rashied Ali on drums--with Sonny Johnson filling in for Jimmy Garrison on bass.

And like any performance worth listening to, bootlegs have circulated with the most inferior of sound quality, capturing small portions and windows of the show, but pale in comparison to Offering: Live At Temple University.

Tunes performed: "Naima," "My Favorite Things," "Crescent," "Leo," and, of course, "Offering."

Trane's son Ravi Coltrane helped compile the release, per Pitchfork:

For me the Temple recording is an affirmation that no, he didn't exhaust the saxophone. The saxophone was just a tool--one over which he had a master's command. His voice was an extension of the saxophone, as the saxophone was an extension of his voice. When you hear that transition on 'Leo,' it's totally seamless in energy, vibe and intention.

Yup, here's Ravi's dad performing at Newport in '66.

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