I am further amazed and delighted to have discoverd this. This video (also on Google Video) is said to be from 1965 and done in France. The filming is artistic and appropriate. The classic quartet seem to be in the open air: you can see their breath. Trane was starting to go "outside" at this point, and the quartet would break up later that year. The last half of "Naima," after McCoy Tyner's piano solo is transcendently passionate and powerful. Prepare thyself for a near miracle.
If anyone knows any more historical facts about this performance, please let me know. Perhaps it was the Antibides Festival. I'm sure Lewis Porter (the foremost Coltrane scholar) would know.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
John Coltrane: "Naima" (1965)
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