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Fine essay putting Coltrane’s music into context. My favourite line, “swapping out Broadway for Bombay” to describe the two chord modal version of “My Favorite Things.”

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Very nice deep dive on this Coltrane /Dolphy period and this new release. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Jul 31, 2023Liked by Robert C. Gilbert

Great issue ✨ Really doing it for me today

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I’m streaming the album as I’m reading the review -- quite a treat. Revisiting the contemporary reception of canonized performers is endlessly fascinating. Hard to believe that critics had the gall to eviscerate Coltrane, of all people. A reminder of how difficult it is to escape one’s parochialism. Another delightful piece.

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What incredibly rich performances. It's quite a treat to "eavesdrop" on these sessions. Thanks for another wonderful and enriching essay, Robert.

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Jul 29, 2023Liked by Robert C. Gilbert

Love the album. I know there are people complaining about the quality of the audio. To me it’s just fine, not perfect, but what do you expect from that period and live recordings. Africa is my favorite song and this piece is the only known live version of it. Thanks for writing this essay of one of my favorite jazz artists .

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Coltrane & Dolphy live in the Village, yes! Thanks again, Impulse records for finding these treasures.

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Like living through those days in the Village again. Nice.

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