JOHN COLTRANE — John Coltrane/Archie Shepp : New Thing At Newport

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Live album · 1966

Tracklist

A1 Father Norman O'Connor – Introduction To John Coltrane's Set 1:09
A2 John Coltrane – One Down, One Up 12:28
A3 Archie Shepp – Rufus (Swung His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped 4:58
B1 Archie Shepp – Le Matin Des Noire 7:39
B2 Archie Shepp – Scag 3:04
B3 Archie Shepp – Call Me By My Rightful Name 6:19

CD track list (1991):
1 Father Norman O'Connor – Introduction To John Coltrane's Set 1:08
2 John Coltrane – One Down, One Up 12:45
3 John Coltrane – My Favorite Things 14:43
4 Archie Shepp – Rufus (Swung His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped) 5:13
5 Archie Shepp – Le Matin Des Noire 7:59
6 Archie Shepp – Scag 3:10
7 Archie Shepp – Call Me By My Rightful Name 6:39
8 Archie Shepp – Gingerbread, Gingerbread Boy 10:18

CD bonus track (2000) :
9 Archie Shepp - Le Matin Des Noire

Line-up/Musicians

John Coltrane Quartet:
John Coltrane - soprano & tenor saxophones
Mccoy Tyner - Piano
Elvin Jones - Drums
Jimmy Garrison - bass

Archie Shepp Quartet:
Archie Shepp - spoken vocals, tenor saxophone
Bobby Hutcherson - Vibes
Barre Phillips - bass
Joe Chambers - Drums

About this release

Impulse!AS-94

Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island on July 2, 1965

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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This review of “New Thing at Newport” is based on the original LP on the Impulse! label, and what a beautiful production it is. You get a gatefold album cover with plenty of inside liner notes written by Nat Hentoff and Archie Shepp, plus a nice photo of Archie on the back cover decked out in about the coolest sports jacket you have ever seen. Shepp and John Coltrane share this album, but they do not play together. One track from Coltrane’s evening performance leads off the album, which is followed by four Shepp tracks that took place earlier that day in the afternoon.

Coltrane’s “One Down, One Up” is an absolute powerhouse performance from arguably the hottest quartet in jazz history. This is the last year that Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner will stay with John, but they certainly found their mountainous peak before moving on. The recording quality is pretty bad, but John and McCoy come through loud and clear. The lead melody is a short little RnB riff, but listen how Coltrane works it and develops it. There is a reason why other musicians consider him to be a genius and worthy of emulating. Possibly knowing what Coltrane was going to be doing that evening, Archie decides not to go for the same intensity during his afternoon performance. Instead, he presents an eclectic set of almost chamber-like avant-garde jazz, possibly somewhat similar to Eric Dolphy’s “Out to Lunch” album.

The recording quality on the Shepp tracks is much better, possibly the Coltrane set just had way too much sonic volume to deal with. “Rufus” is a free post bop number with great playing from Archie, as well as Bobby Hutcherson on vibes who is excellent all though his part of the album. “Le Matin des Noire” has some interesting arrangements and sometimes resembles a 20th century avant-garde classical piece. “Tracks” is a short little spoken diatribe against heroin and the injustices that encourage it, and “Call Me by My Rightful Name” is a ballad of sorts with Archie shifting between a pretty melody and very odd atonal excursions.

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