John Coltrane

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“Ascension is by American jazz musician John Coltrane recorded in 1965 and released in 1966 on the Impulse! label. It is often considered to be a watershed album, with the albums released before it being more conventional in structure and the albums released after it being looser, free jazz inspired works. In addition, it signaled Coltrane's interest in moving away from the quartet format.

Coltrane described Ascension in a radio interview as a "big band thing", although it resembles no big band recording made before it. The most obvious antecedent is Ornette Coleman's octet (or "double quartet") record-ing, Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, which—like Ascension—is a continuous 40-minute perfor-mance with ensemble passages and without breaks. Jazz musician Dave Liebman, commenting on Ascension, recalled that the album was the "torch that lit the free jazz thing".” – Wiki

“Ascension is the single recording that placed John Coltrane firmly into the avant-garde. Whereas, pri-or to 1965, Coltrane could be heard playing in an avant vein with stretched-out solos, atonality, and a seemingly free design to the beat, Ascension throws most rules right out the window with complete freedom from the groove and strikingly abrasive sheets of horn interplay. Recorded with three tenors (Trane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp), two altos (Marion Brown, John Tchicai), two trumpet players (Freddie Hubbard, Dewey Johnson), two bassists (Art Davis, Jimmy Garrison), the lone McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on the drums, this large group is both relentless and soulful simultaneously. … Ascension reflects more of an event rather than just a jazz record and should be sought out by ei-ther experienced jazz appreciators or other open-minded listeners, but not by unsuspecting bystand-ers.” – AllMusic


Item description:


John Coltrane






Vinyl, LP



Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original - 1965




Free Jazz

Catalog No:

0600753626849 / AS-95