Coltrane Bootleg Heads To CD

Jazz legend John Coltrane’s oft-bootlegged 1965 performances at New York’s Half Note will be given their first authorized release next month. Due Oct. 11 via Impulse!, “One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note” is sourced from the late Coltrane’s own master tapes and produced by his son, Ravi.

The material here was recorded at March 26 and May 7, 1965, shows, with Coltrane backed by pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. Of particular note is a nearly 28-minute version of “One Down, Own Up” that has long been said to be one Coltrane’s most impressive live improvisations.

The album is another fall boon for jazz collectors, coming a few weeks after the Sept. 27 release of the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane’s “At Carnegie Hall.” As previously reported, the Blue Note set chronicles a previously unreleased 1957 performance at Carnegie Hall by the two acts, who only worked together for six months.

Here is the track list for “One Down, One Up”:

Disc one:

Introductions and Announcements

“One Down, One Up”


“Afro Blue”

Disc two:

Introductions and Announcements

“Song of Praise”


“My Favorite Things”


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