John Coltrane Quartet - "Afro Blue"

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arbo66 | January 18, 2007
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John Coltrane Quartet - Afro Blue (Jazz Casual 1963)

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Posted in 2008

all gods. i would give anything to see any of these guys live.
-atrickp

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I think this was originally a Mongo Santamaria tune, correct me if i'm wrong, i've played this before at my school, its an amazing song to open with, sounds really cool.
-Explosiverobot

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Posted in 2009

whose that on piano? coltrane always managed to get set up with excellent keys.
-Schiff252

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that is the estimable McCoy Tyner. see him while you still can.
-theSeer

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Afro Blue has become a true jazz standard. Oscar Brown Jr.&Mongo Santamaria wrote a beautiful song. John Coltrane sounds wonderful. You can tell he was on a spiritual path. He was one musician who seemed devoid of an ego. It was all about the music. He is one of the giants of jazz.
-SoulTooSoul

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Yeah he kindof had an epiphany where God told him to stop doing heroin. You can really see this in A love Supreme, where the song titles resemble a spiritual path.
-orochiman14

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Train's a genius. He knows his stuff. I was listening to A Love Supreme today. Masterful! work my hats off to him.
-orochiman14

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I love his tone, when he'is playing soprano sax!
-ogulkoker

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Magnificent !!!! I wish someone had Oscar brown Jr's Afro Blue on here. What a beautiful song
-blacktigerwu

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Coltrane is the best and this song in particular blows my mind, i love when coltrane starts his solo after the long piano solo.
-comatorium16

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Who is the drummer?? Does anybody know he is so cold!!!!!!!
-M0E360

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That's the master Elvin Jones, of course. And I'm assuming you meant 'cold' in a good way, not as in unfeeling, because Elvin is the epitome of drumming with feel.
-funkular

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Thankyou for sharing this Wally... wonderful!
-sleepingTitania

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ohhhhh this is the best quality version i've found on here

thank you for posting

sooo good
-GanjaGabe

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miraculous redition!
-Lualaba

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Posted in 201 0

one of the best jazz track in history
-anveedi

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THIS IS AMAZING!!! COLTRANE ROCKS
-maclarke74

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Jazz is about freedom, is it not? How can you say this man just played notes when he practiced always? He knew what he wanted to do, and he did it. He had so many ways to go from one mode to the other. Coltrane could take an hour solo and then some with out thinking to hard what to do next. The thing that impress me the most, is his sound. So Coltrane. Just my opinion. Music is infinite.
-jazzbummer

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i think coltrane adds a different spin to the style. Where jazz doesn't have to be slow and melodic but you can also be fast and free. He expressed himself and that made it great. Still you are right his tone leaves more to be desired. But all his notes are in key. He takes random to another level at 4:35
-greati9

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you idiots don't know music... coltrane is a jazz legend. He innovated the way the saxophone is supposed to be played. I think he deserves more respect than you give him.
-purplevapor

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i don't know what the arguement is about but this song is awesome. i just hate the fact that when ever you play a saprono sax people expect you to sound like coltrane. He is too awesome to copy perfectly.
-greati9

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I heard this tune by Santana. I bought the Santamaria version, just a minor blues, then I fell into jazz and Coltrane's music. No one can play jazz without studying what he did with Miles, but what he played with his own band is a major influence for the following, like McLaughlin and many others. There's strength, beauty, invention, spirituality and he brought new harmonic stuff. India, Kulu se mama or Africa brass are masterpieces. His sound is giant. Don't judge it on this (bad mike ?).
-PhilAroundhits

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ELVIN had the best swing feel I've ever heard.
-codyr222

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wow that dude's cheeks at :08 are insane! overall spectacular video.
-sirnicksalot1326

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That's not some dude....that's Dizzy, man. You can't not know who Dizzy is...

Music educators sure have their work cut out for them these days....
-RSemar11

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To RSemar11...U said a mouthful. About 6 yrs ago, I taught beginning band, I had 13 sax players sign up, and not one had heard of Grover!!!! I'm black, they were black, so I demanded each of their parents go and get them a Grover cd with Mr. Magic ,because I knew they'd heard it...But I'll bet they can text and tweet!
-pkdrew1

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lol some of the young ones dont get exposure to the greats like this. and dont play rap and hip hop music. lol cuz I'm only 19 and I listen to pretty much everything I'm just one of the lucky who got exposed to coltrane. lol I"m headed to Berklee College of Music in 2 months to study and hope fully come close to the skills John Coltrane had
-CannonballPhil

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CannonballPhil, I agree, jazz will never die, there are new jazz musicians everyday, i know personally, me and my band going around keeps it alive where we live cause it at least gets one person to start listening when they see us gig. I agree with the rap statement too, there is definitely good rap. Also Berklee eh? i have a few friends that attend, they say its not really a jazz school anymore, its more pop orientated, but either way you'll learn alot. good luck man.
-slick82958

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I am doing this video so much! The skills on the piano and the drums and the sax are just awesome! I am loving this stuff! I am so happy my mother exposed me to this goodness!
-Ninirump007

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mongo santa maria wrote this c lassic
-EMCEMITCH

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The copy cat lookn at the piano player,,standing their with that pipe in his mouth, learning how to copy Afro-Jazz! but it cant be done, you gotta have soul for this..
-blackfalconsungodzzz

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Im not familiar with to much Jazz but that pianist blew me away.
-222nietzsche

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priceless!!!!!
-perromanchado

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This song just makes wanna cry! Trane is the Greatest Sax Player of All Time! He be hittin them high notes. I think about this song all day!
-Raequan2025

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wow great improvs and compositions, specially the end part. i'm just blown away, amazing.
-bastiaanvanbeek

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McCoy Tyner doesn't just play piano, he attacks it.
-jtaray 11

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This is what my dreams are made of! Thanks for posting!
-molinmusic

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omg y is McCoy Tyner such a freakin monster
-pistok2

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@pistok2 omg i know right!
-HippieDrummer06

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whos the drummer
-HippieDrummer06

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Elvin Jones, he's a beast
-HisRoyalMarkness

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so good !!!
-willgonow

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This real music
-kognac100

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Define real music for me music is playing/singing from the heart no matter what genre it is still do stuff from the heart
-childofreletivity

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so whose the guy near the pianist smoking a pipe?
-remiemay

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@remiemay

I think this was performed on a tv show like most musicians did back in the 50ish and 60ish.

He's probably the host of the show.
-shadowknight132

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@shadowknight132 If you look at the beginning of the video you'll see the gentleman sitting down with a musician--they're sitting on folding chairs. He is the host of the show.
-Lymdarosela

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Jones' rum roll and crash at 3.58-59 is truly superb and so ahead of it's time..listen to it and tell me it's not rock and roll!!! Awesome Jazz, awesome Coltrane!!! A true genius at work.
-KingWasp1

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I love Elvin Jones. His drumming is like water or air; it's organic, necessary; it's inside the muisic, inside the groove. I saw McCoy Tyner in concert in the late 80s. His style to me was kind of muddy--real thick chords. This is great jazz . It really swings.
-ofthetoo

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man, Ralph Gleason is groovin with that pipe.
-mazedull

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John, Jimmy, Elvin and McCoy at the peak of their Commerical period.... I prefer what came after... but this is interesting because how many of us actually got to watch this TV show...... thanks for the creativity John !
-keyztos

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anyone know the documentary here ?
-donnyab

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@donnyab i believe its called jazz casual
-Uv7x77

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This isn't bad but I prefer a brighter tone like Kenny G
-Hubbingbird 3 months ago

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@Hubbingbird ok dude thats great that you like kenny g but hes pretty different hes a pop musician not a jazz musician and stylistically worlds apart from john coltrane so its kind of like comparing apples and oranges.....i mean dont compare them john coltrane is a much more influential and real artist and remember: you wouldnt compare 80's power ballads to john coltrane so dont compare kenny g to him either!
-sparkinup33

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@Hubbingbird it's cool that you prefer Kenny G. He has a lot of fans. But G and Coltrane are not in the same genre or league or sport or universe. Galaxies apart.
-JohnPInfante

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This is so spiritual. I can really feel the energy.
-dan19beav74

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Posted in 2011

Its a shame Elvin is cut out of so much of that video, he really drives that song
-dbldee22

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the crazy thing is that if they stopped playing it would be silent. it seems so powerful that its infinite. its hard to believe mere mortals are producing this.
-rigogurt

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