THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET FEATURING JOHN COLTRANE
ALL OF YOU: THE LAST TOUR 1960 (Trapeze ACQCD7076). Miles Davis (t); John Coltrane (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d). Europe, 1960. ****
A fascinating document of Coltrane’s final tour as part of the Davis quintet, this 4 CD set (complete with Carl-Eric Lindgren’s famous interview with Trane and engrossing sleeve notes by Simon Spillett) brings together scattered recordings of shows in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Zurich, Den Haag, Frankfurt and Munich. While sound quality ranges from good to laughable the music is always inspiring. Davis is at his lyrical best while Coltrane sounds both sublime and restless, contributing exhaustive improvisations and grappling with new techniques that horrified audiences at the time. The repertoire is limited (there are eight up-tempo renditions of So What alone) but that only serves to emphasise the imagination of the soloists.
– Thomas Rees
This article was published in Jazz Journal in February 2015, Vol 68 No.2