John Coltrane - The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording
May 9, 2020
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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 of disconnection from the music (though, classifying it as just 'music' doesn't do this justice) until around 8:25 in 'Ogunde' where hints of that early era start to show. I paused for a moment.

"By God, it is John."

Leave it to Coltrane to make something beautiful out of his own pain though. A cacophony in every sense of the word.

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