'Dahomey Dance', by John Coltrane
Last week, julianat became my 300th follower, and she requested a little something by John Coltrane. Well, here it is and I hope you’ll/she’ll enjoy it.
This, along with the earlier mentioned ’Getz Au Go Go’, was one of the first jazz records I became accustomed to. I know it by heart, and it is one of my dearest records. Intentionally I wanted to play the title song ‘Olé’, but due to upload restrictions (max. 10MB) it wasn’t possible. It doesn’t matter really, all the songs on this album are great. I strongly advise everyone to get it.
Following his classic releases ‘Giant Steps’, My Favourite Things' and 'Coltrane Plays The Blues' in the Coltrane catalog, 'Olé Coltrane’ was Coltrane’s final recording for Atlantic before moving to the Impulse! label.
Perhaps that is why this album seems to be one of his most overlooked recordings. ‘Olé Coltrane' was recorded on May 25th, 1961, in between the two sessions that formed the Impulse! release 'Africa/Brass’.
‘Dahomey Dance' is a more traditional sounding blues, with Coltrane switching to tenor sax. If not for the double-bass frontline and Dolphy’s unconventional solo, this song could easily be mistaken for a missing gem from Miles’ 'Kind Of Blue’ sessions.
John Coltrane – Tenor Saxophone
Eric Dolphy – Alto Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet
McCoy Tyner – Piano
Art Davis – Bass
Elvin Jones – Drums