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November 1962 German concert tour program (Michel+Kieser)

Large original vintage concert program produced for John Coltrane’s nationwide tour of Germany during November 1962 presented by Norman Granz in cooperation with Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau. This was the first tour of the so-called “Classic Quartet”, featuring pianist McCoy Tyner, double bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones. With this line-up he recorded Coltrane in April 1962, produced by Bob Thiele and released in July 1962 on Impulse! Records. “Even more than any platitudes one can heap on this extraordinary recording,” Michael G. Nastos wrote in his review, “Coltrane historically falls between the albums Olé Coltrane and Impressions — completing a triad of studio efforts that are as definitive as anything Coltrane ever produced, and highly representative of him in his prime.” After Eric Dolphy departed and Jimmy Garrison had replaced Reggie Workman,  Coltrane was moving toward a more harmonically static style that allowed him to expand his improvisations rhythmically, melodically, and motivically. Harmonically complex music was still present, but on stage Coltrane heavily favored continually reworking his “standards”: “Impressions”, “My Favorite Things”, and “I Want to Talk About You”. A number of concerts from the 1962 European tour were recorded. Of particularly interest are the two concerts at Konserthuset in Stockholm on 19th November, 1962. These are now available on a four CD set, released by Domino Records in 2015. The program features delicate artwork by Hans Michel and Günther Kieser and photos by German jazz photographer Hanns E. Haehl.

In original typographical uncoated wrappers, staple bound,  27.5 x 25.5 cm, 8 pp. Program notes in English. In near excellent unmarked condition, tightly bound and clean. Additional images of the program available on request.


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