There has been much hue and cry lately about Coltrane’s current playing habit: overlong solos in confined harmonic areas. Compared with his present excursions, these tracks of a few years ago seem short, though they are by no means two- or three-chorus outings.
Coltrane plays at length, melodically developing his solos, never becoming monotonous. Even Rise, on which he doesn’t make everything he tries for, is exciting. Such is not the case with Coltrane today, but that’s another story.
Garland has a building solo on Melonae, Jackie McLean’s fine line; Chambers and Taylor contribute good solos on this track, too. Chambers also has a typically well-thought-out bowed solo on Face.
The best track, to me, is Lovelier, which never has been treated this way before. Coltrane really makes something beautifully personal from it.
Those who like what Coltrane is doing in 1962 and those who reject it will both like this album. —Ira Gitler
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