John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space at 50
The scholarly Hank Shteamer who wrote the excellent essay for our Henry Threadgill set on Mosaic delves deeply into John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space, with drummer Rashied Ali, recorded in 1967 and released in 1974, and the amazing effect that it has had on artists since that time. I often saw the classic Coltrane quartet in the early ‘60s and during a set, he and Elvin Jones would launch into a ferocious duet in the latter half of a quartet piece. That was something to behold. But the duets with Ali were a beast of a very different nature, where the tenor sax and drums developed each piece compositionally from scratch. The effects of this music over the last 50 years have been beautifully annotated here.
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