Sun Ship: The Complete Session

Sun Ship: The Complete Session

by John Coltrane Quartet


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Recorded on August 26, 1965 (and not released until after his death), Sun Ship was the final recording by John Coltrane's quartet with drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Pharoah Sanders would join the group the following month, and Tyner and Jones would depart in January of 1966 to be replaced by Alice Coltrane and Rashied Ali. It is also one of the saxophonist's most intense taped performances. After nearly four years together, this band had achieved a vital collective identity. When Coltrane moved toward metrically free styles of rhythm and melody (with tunes often based on one chord or a short series of notes as themes), the quartet's rhythmic pulse and collective interplay evolved accordingly. The original album featured edited and sometimes overdubbed performances of its four compositions. Sun Ship: The Complete Session delivers both complete versions of the album's performances, but also multiple takes of "Dearly Beloved," "Attaining," and the title track. There are inserts where edits and overdubs were clearly made, with studio dialogue, arrangement breakdowns, false starts, etc. Disc two contains eight different takes of "Ascent" (including the previously released version) as well as alternate and released takes of "Amen," and studio conversation. Author David Wild's detailed liner essay eloquently details the process in the album's creation and problems encountered, adding a keen insight into Bob Theile's and Coltrane's production methods and aesthetics. A set like this is obviously intended for the saxophonist's devotees, critics, and jazz historians, but even a casual listen offers a fascinating look at how different these sessions were from the final product.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2013
Label: Verve Select
UPC: 0602537286959
catalogNumber: 001807502
Rank: 28677

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane Quartet   Primary Artist
Elvin Jones   Drums
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
McCoy Tyner   Piano
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

John Coltrane   Composer,Producer
Bob Simpson   Engineer
Bob Thiele   Producer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Lewis Porter   Liner Notes
Andrew Skurow   Tape Research
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Yasuhiro "Fuji" Fujioka   Liner Notes
Sujata Murthy   Publicity
Chris DeVito   Liner Notes
Wally Caldwell-Potter   Original Design Concept
Wolf Schmaler   Liner Notes

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