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Coltrane, John – 1962 – 1965 - Classic Quartet period, Impressions



Type of Spiritual Experience


In 1962, Eric Dolphy departed and Jimmy Garrison replaced Workman as bassist on Coltrane’s quartet. From then on, the "Classic Quartet", as it came to be known, with Tyner, Garrison, and Jones, produced searching, spiritually driven work. Coltrane was moving toward a more harmonically static style that allowed him to expand his improvisations rhythmically and melodically.

In contrast to the radicalism of his 1961 recordings at the Village Vanguard, his studio albums in the following two years - with the exception of Coltrane, 1962, which featured a blistering version of Harold Arlen's "Out of This World" -  were much more conservative.

In concert the quartet continued to balance "standards" with more exploratory and challenging music, as can be heard on the Impressions, Live at Birdland and Newport '63 (both recorded 1963). Impressions consists of two extended jams including the title track along with "Dear Old Stockholm", "After the Rain" and a blues.

Track listing

All songs composed by John Coltrane unless otherwise noted.

  1. "India" – 14:10
  2. "Up 'Gainst the Wall" – 3:16
  3. "Impressions" – 14:57
  4. "After the Rain" – 4:11

Bonus track first released on the 1974 Lp, The Definitive Jazz Scene Volume 2, (Impulse AS-100) and on the 2000 Impressions CD reissue.

  1. "Dear Old Stockholm" (Stan Getz, Traditional) – 10:38


  • John Coltrane – soprano and tenor saxophone
  • Eric Dolphy – bass clarinet, alto sax (tracks 1 and 3)
  • McCoy Tyner – piano (exc. track 2)
  • Jimmy Garrison – double bass
  • Reggie Workman – double bass (tracks 1 and 3)
  • Elvin Jones – drums (exc. tracks 4 and 5)
  • Roy Haynes – drums (tracks 4 and 5)


  • Bob Thiele – production
  • Rudy Van Gelder – recording engineer
  • Kevin "relinquere nuces" Reeves – reissue mastering

A description of the experience

John Coltrane - "India" - Feat. Eric Dolphy

In listening to this remember that Coltrane was experimenting with both the effects he could achieve with the instruments and also extend the style to embrace oriental themes.  This is a very radical track and many will not like it, but he makes the instrument 'speak' in extraordinary ways.

As Wikipedia says this is 'challenging' music.

The source of the experience

Coltrane, John

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