JOHN COLTRANE
             Interstellar Space

                Recording Date:
                     February 22, 1967

                    John Coltrane  TS, Bells
                    Rashied Ali       D

                LINK Retired

Reviewby Scott Yanow
Not released for the first time until 1974 but now available in expanded form as a CD, this set of duets by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and drummer Rashied Ali are full of fire, emotion and constant abstract invention. The original four pieces ("Mars," "Venus," "Jupiter" and "Saturn") are joined by "Leo" and "Jupiter Variation." Coltrane alternates quiet moments with sections of great intensity, showing off his phenominal technique and ability to improvise without the need for chordal instruments. Rousing if somewhat inaccessible music.

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