The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording

John Coltrane - The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording
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Inglume
94
"When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups...I want to speak to their souls."

53 years ago today, John Coltrane took his very last breath on a hospital bed and departed from our mortal plane following a long, arduous fight with liver cancer. No man truly dies until he is forgotten. One of the greatest saxophonists to have ever lived, his music lives among us, influenced and ... read more
Flamingooooo
70
It sounds absolutely gorgeous, especially on my new, but old, used speakers I got yesterday.
The feeling i get from this music is immense.
The pinnacle of jazz🤍
biglasagnayeet
78
I've had this record on my plate for a while now; I've just never gotten around to it until today. I heard this for the first time (only "Ogunde") a couple of months ago and, I'll be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan. But, now, when I listen to John Coltrane's final ever performance, the madcap, free-spirited "The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording", I can't help but get the feeling that Coltrane has nailed exactly what he was going for. The jazz auteur went into this ... read more
anoldsoulsong
90
Coltrane's tenor saxophone was always an extension of himself. To hear these agonizing wails and the madness that ensues in this tight ensemble (that includes Alice Coltrane, Rashied Ali, and Pharoah Sanders no less) not only clashes with the uniformity that Coltrane is commonly known for, but is largely indicative of something...morbid. Deterioration is the word I'm looking for, yes. It's honestly painful to listen to sometimes. Especially if you grew up with Coltrane like me. I had a moment ... read more
nnxsgny
99
late-era coltrane has been mythologized partly upon the belief that he knew he was dying and put every last breath he had into his later recordings. specific to this recording, i've seen people call it too emotional to listen to, almost like the sound of a man dying before your ears. i love late-era coltrane, but i don't buy that 100%. this is his last live recording, and he may or may not have known his time was not long for this world when this was recorded. i don't think it matters. the ... read more
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Added on: September 9, 2016