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Recorded at several sessions in the two years prior to his death but not issued until 1972, Infinity was the subject of much controversy among Coltrane aficionados when it finally appeared. The horror on the part of Coltrane purists was directed to the posthumous string arrangements written by Alice Coltrane, his widow, which were grafted onto the performances. But however much the strings softened or unnecessarily augmented the music, it must be said that Alice Coltrane really didn't do such a bad job and the ultimate result is an unusual and oddly attractive work. The juxtaposition of the fiery, very free playing of late Coltrane against the dreamy, consonant strings is seductively appealing and one might even make the argument that, given the increasing mystical proclivities of his later years and the presence of Eastern instruments in his ensemble, he may well have approved. The pieces include some of his more powerful late compositions such as "Leo" and "Peace on Earth," and his playing (with a rare smidgen of bass clarinet) is typically inspired, if not reaching the raging heights of releases like Live in Japan. Whatever problems the Coltrane ideologue may have with his wife's embroideries, Infinity still deserves a place in his/her collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2012
Label: Impulse Records
UPC: 0602527790206
catalogNumber: 001595402
Rank: 36637

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Rashied Ali   Percussion,Strings
Elvin Jones   Strings,Drums
Jimmy Garrison   Bass,Soloist
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Murray Adler   Violin,Concert Master
Ray Appleton   Percussion,Strings
Alice Coltrane   Organ,Piano,Harp,Timpani,Vibes,Tambura
Rollice Dale   Viola
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
James Getzoff   Violin
Charlie Haden   Bass
Myra Kestenbaum   Viola
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Pharoah Sanders   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Michael White   Violin
Oran Coltrane   Strings,Bells
Gordon Marron   Violin

Technical Credits

Baker Bigsby   Engineer
Alice Coltrane   String Arrangements,Inspiration,String Conductor
John Coltrane   Composer
Ed Michel   Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Producer
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Teresa Tsuzaki   Licensing
Richard Taylor   Illustrations

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