AOTY 2021


John Coltrane - Ascension
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1966 Ratings: #6
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The History of the albums - n’290 // CFCE 87.8 FM Weekly Genre : Free Jazz

Although it's not just for this genre, how could Jazz have gone in less than 20 years from a music that could be listened to in the background of a bar or hotel reception to one of the most sophisticated and richest music of any genre? Who would have thought that we could have evolved from swing, bop or even cool jazz to deeply avant-garde currents that remain to this day difficult to match, in the sense of the ... read more
It's the year 1966, change is happening in the Jazz scene, four years prior Saxophonist Ornette Coleman released his seminal album "Free Jazz", which was something of a fuse that would later lead the charge to the burgeoning free jazz movement that quickly took form toward the end of the 60s. Ornette was fearless and headstrong with "Free Jazz", embracing noticeable modal and harmonic changes that strayed from the familiar and warm sounds of the 50s, this decision to embody ... read more
Edit: Think I've had enough time with this to give it a 10

MWE - Day 16 - 16/02/2021

I recall my first introduction to Coltrane's music pretty well at this point, I was on my lunch break at work a couple of years ago now, and I decided to throw on Meditations due to a few recommendations that I'd had. And my god what an experience it was. The chaotic, noisy and often unpredictable nature of the record, and the way that John played his Sax like an absolute madman kept me coming back to the ... read more
So, I’m keeping this review short, since I don’t have much to say. This… is amazing. John Coltrane is an artist that, from what I heard, is good. This was the first project that I heard from him and I enjoyed it the first time. However, I decided to relisten to this again, and I… really liked it. It consists of only the instrumental, with no lyrics or vocals here, but it is amazing. The production is good. Both songs on here are chaotic, changing a lot of the time, ... read more
Pretty cool of Trane to invent the harsh noise genre tbh.
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Added on: May 6, 2014