John Coltrane - Dakar

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Remaster + Digital Download

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Dakar is an album by American jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1963 via Prestige Records.

As Coltrane's fame grew during the 1960s after he had stopped recording for Prestige, the record company assembled and reissued varied Coltrane recordings with his name prominently displayed, though in many cases, as on Dakar, he had originally been a sideman.

Dakar presents half-a-dozen numbers recorded April 20, 1957 by an ensemble credited as the "Prestige All-Stars." On the bandstand for this date are John Coltrane (tenor sax), Cecil Payne (baritone sax), Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Mal Waldron (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), and Art Taylor (drums). Although at the time these were considered "leaderless" units, upon hearing the interaction of the participants, modern ears might desire to qualify that statement.

The Latin-flavored title track "Dakar" finds Coltrane adapting his solo to faultlessly conform to Payne and Adams' comparatively fuller-bodied involvement. The brooding chord progressions take on dark overtones with Coltrane joining Waldron as they burst forth fuelled by the soulful brass section.

"Mary's Blues" is a treat for sax lovers as Adams - who penned the number - almost immediately raises the musical stakes for Coltrane. The differences in their respective presentations offer a contrast that complements the cool refinement of Adams and Pepper when juxtaposed with Coltrane's frenetic flurries. Particularly engaging are the sequence of four-bar blasts from the horn players, just prior to Coltrane pushing the combo through their paces.

On "Route 4" the strongest elements of each player surface, creating one of the album's brightest moments. Right out of the box, Waldron unleashes line upon line of masterful lyricism. The driving tempo keeps the instrumentalists on their toes as Coltrane is sandwiched between the undeniably and equally inspired Payne and Adams. Here, the urgency of Coltrane's tenor sax clearly tests the boundaries of the Taylor/Watkins rhythm section.

The moody and sublime ballad "Velvet Scene" is a Waldron composition containing some of the author's strongest individual involvement as he interjects his expressive keyboarding directly into the melody.

Brilliant jazz music delivered by masters of their time.

Check out the tracks: “Dakar”; "Mary's Blues" and “Route 4”.

This "Back to Black" series LP reissue with remastered audio is pressed in Europe on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl with reproduced original artwork and digital download.

(888072351172)

Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Dakar

7:09

A2

Mary’s Blues

6:47

A3

Route 4

6:55

B1

Velvet Scene

4:53

B2

Witches Pit

6:42

B3

Catwalk

7:11

SKU 888072351172
Record Label Prestige Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number OJC-393
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 30 May 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 01 January 1963
Barcode # 888072351172
Shipping Weight 0.2750kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Remastered Audio, Digital Download Code, Reissue, Back to Black Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Jazz
Format VINYL LP

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