John Coltrane ‎– The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording

Impulse! ‎– 314 589 120-2
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Recorded April 23, 1967 at the Olatunji Center of African Culture, New York City.
All tracks previously unissued.
Mastered at Universal Mastering Studios-East.
The liner notes indicate that it was possible that the percussionist on the recording is Jumma Santos.

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December 28, 2016
... For every intent and purpose, this is difficult music. It's the demanding sound of a man faced with impending death, yet unafraid to carry forward and remain steadfast to his intense, singular vision of music as a universal bridge. With every note, Coltrane chases a higher power in an attempt to transcend the corporeal. For the unprepared listener, it might all be too much-- not only because of the sheer intensity of noise levels or dissonance, but because this is the sound of a man who knows every breath he draws inches him one step closer to the grave. Yet, the sadness this evokes is overwhelmed by the pure beauty of a man being rebirthed, recreated, and reimagined. The Last Live Recording is a deliriously scattered mess of joy and pain, intermingled and bound up within Coltrane's unbridled and luminescent energy. And now it stands as his parting gesture: one last moment bursting out at the seams with elation and ferocity, an awe-inspiring testament to life.

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