September 10, 2012 – 4:28 am

You’ll need a ship, captain.

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The Sun Ship Sessions 1965 [no label, 1CD]

Sessions at RCA-Victor Studios, New York City, August 26, 1965. Broadcast on WKCR, Sept 23, 2001. Ex FM stereo.

“In 2001, WKCR made a broadcast containing the unreleased takes of the Sunship Album. These takes have never been released officially.” - Maurizio.

Sun Ship was an album that followed in the same vein as the late 1964 album, A Love Supreme. That was Coltrane’s famous album dedicated to the Supreme Being, God. After A Love Supreme, Coltrane continued with his spiritual journey which gave power to his music. The albums that followed, Ascension, Meditations, Kulu Se Mama and the post-humously released Om and Infinity, all recorded in 1965, displayed a man describing his faith and beliefs through music and chants. Sun Ship was recorded in August of that year.

Coltrane chose free jazz as the vehicle for his searching. Although neither Albert Ayler nor Archie Shepp or Pharoah Sanders, the free jazz advocates, sit in on these sessions, Tyner, Garrison and Jones felt the music just as deeply.

Sun Ship is an underrated album in the Coltrane canon but as the reviewers at the Penguin Guide To Jazz suggest, “it’s high time this fine record was better known”.

Thanks to Maurizio and u014945 who uploaded the show on Dime, April, 2012.
- Professor Red

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Dearly Beloved take 2 4:28 (7.0MB)
Track 02. Dearly Beloved take 3 1:30 (2.4MB)
Dearly Beloved master 6:08 (Not present here)

Track 03. Attaining Take I 14:07 (22.6MB)
Track 04. Attaining Take 2 1:03 (1.7MB)
Attaining Take 3 10:55 not present here because the first 7:24 of this track plus the the last 3:58 of Insert 1 are the Master take

Track 05. Insert 1 00:40 (1.1MB)
Present here the first 40″ of 4:55 mainly to present some studio chatter

Track 06. Sunship Take I 1:06 (1.7MB)
Track 07. Sunship Take 2 - Incomplete 2:30 (cut) (4.0MB)
TT: 25:29; some of the broadcast tracks have been omitted as they are officially released. Buy the album.

John Coltrane - soprano, tenor sax
McCoy Tyner - piano
Jimmy Garrison - bass
Elvin Jones - drums

John Coltrane’s Sun Ship was released two years before his death. Buy the CD or MP3 here.

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  2. Brilliant post BigO! Many thanks for the Trane!!

    By eponymus on Sep 10, 2012

  3. jazz smells funny

    By wurm on Sep 10, 2012

  4. choo-choo, ‘trane!


    By I-) on Sep 10, 2012

  5. Very nice to hear some new music from Coltrane,I remember Alice Coltrane saying that she has a lot of unpublished music of John but that the world is not ready for true!

    By javel on Sep 15, 2012

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