Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Coltrane Legacy" is a 1985 video of some early 60's TV performances (apparently including his ralph gleason appearance, because you can see gleason grinning like a fool and leaning on tyner's piano at one point). the whole thing is quite remarkable. i don't know whether it's because the quartet was confined to a TV show format, but the performances were all more controlled, less meandering than 'normal'. more concentrated. there are two tunes from "My Favorite Things" - the title song and "everytime we say goodbye" (his one cole porter cover) and amazing versions of "alabama" and "afro-blue", as well as a couple of honking versions of "impressions" and parts of an interview with elvin jones. my only criticism is that, besides jones (who's funny in a "he was an angel" kinda way), the only other interviews are with two guys who played a total of two years with his early quartets - jimmy cobb and reggie workman. why no mccoy tyner, or at least miles davis? reminds me of "Straight no chaser", where most of the talking is done by monk's son.anyway, a minor criticism. the music tells the story, and it's a great one."
It's a shame that there's nothing better!!!
John L. Lyons | Auburn, AL | 01/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is very disappointing that there are very few filmed performances of the great jazz master, John Coltrane. I gave it 4 stars just for the fact that it offers more material on Coltrane than any other DVD. This DVD runs a short 61 minutes which includes grainy quality b/w television show performances which are cut with interviews of Coltrane's former band members between the songs. Elvin Jones' comments were the most informative and entertaining. Coltrane's legacy certainly deserves more respect and attention!"
This is the ONLY John Coltrane video you will see
William E Donoghue | Healdsburg CA USA | 12/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the exception of the full version of "So What" on a Miles Davis TV show in the '50s and a rare Newport performance, this video contains nearly all of the videos of John Coltrane that are available in their entirity. The accompanying documentary is fascinating. It includes all of the living members of his quartet and their stories are compelling. I have had this documentary on a rare laser disc for sometime now. I must admit that the DVD is of inferior quality to my laser disc but who has a laser disc player today or can find that disc? Seeing Coltrane play visually made me see just how many notes he could cram into a phrase and still sound like he was only playing the right notes. In addition, he almost looks as if he is yodeling when he plays. He was one of a kind and his like will not be seen again soon. Buy and cherish this video -- you will watch it frequently and fall in love with this timeless music. As a bonus, enjoy the alto sax of Eric Dolphy in a rare video."
A brief hint from the master himself...
PATRICK TURNER | Kalamazoo, Michigan | 01/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""This is a must see for all Cotrane fans"...
From Miles in the late 50's to becoming one of the jazz elite, John William Coltrane's music will always be on the fore front of any generation. This video leaves you wanting to see more of Trane at his very best. "So What", with Miles starts the ball to rolling, Trane is in his zone taking the tune to the outer limits. "Impressions", with Eric Dolphy is eye candy for the viewer, Trane and Dolphy trade licks that make the tune jump and dance all over the place. With some candid interviews for Reggie Workman, Jimmy Cobb, and Roy Haynes tug at your heart strings and make you feel that Trane was your best friend. All words were spoken with the highest respect to John, I only wish Miles would have been interviewd too. There is a voice over from Trane, telling how he had a dream that he would one day have his on band, and to hear the humility in his voice again makes you know that this man was more than just a sax player. The last three tunes Afro Blue, Alabama and Impressions are from the Jazz Casuals, and this segment gives you a more personal look at Trane as a true leader. McCoy Tyner Jimmy Garrison and Roy Haynes give all they have to Trane to make the music come full circle. I was blown away the first time I saw the video, I had heard of how Trane would play as if he was going to have a heart attack, I got a chance to see what other fans were talking about. Again this is a must see, I would give the video a million stars if I could."