September 24, 2011 – 11:02 am

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Music At Newport 1961 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Newport, Rhode Island; July 1, 1961. Recording source unknown, good to rather good. Mono.

A happy birthday to John Coltrane (September 23). He would have been 85. Thanks to Maurizio (u014945) for sharing these tracks on Dime.

Music fan StuHanson commented: “For the sake of accuracy though, there was no 1961 Newport Jazz Festival. Seriously. This Coltrane recording is from “Music At Newport, an entirely different one-off event that happened in Newport that summer. Here’s a basic synopsis of what happened (from the Newport Jazz Festival wiki). You can also read about it in depth in George Wein’s highly recommended autobiography.”

In 1960 boisterous spectators created a major disturbance, and the National Guard was called to the scene. Word that the disturbances had meant the end of the festival, following the Sunday afternoon blues presentation headlined by Muddy Waters, reached poet Langston Hughes, who was in a meeting on the festival grounds. Hughes wrote an impromptu lyric, “Goodbye Newport Blues,” that he brought to the Muddy Waters band onstage, announcing their likewise impromptu musical performance of the piece himself, before pianist Otis Spann led the band and sang the Hughes poem.

Presentation of the proper Newport Jazz Festival was disallowed in 1961 due to the difficulty of the previous year’s festival.  In its place, another festival billed as “Music at Newport” was produced by Sid Bernstein in cooperation with a group of Newport businessmen. That festival included a number of jazz musicians but was financially unsuccessful. Bernstein announced that he would not seek to return to Newport in 1962. The Newport Jazz Festival resumed at Freebody Park in 1962.

Thanks to Simmdale for the front cover and to laryddave for the back cover (modified here).

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Track 01. Introductions (2.2MB)
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Track 02. Impressions (9.8MB)
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Track 03. Naima (6.7MB)
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Track 04. My Favorite Things (26.9MB)
John Coltrane - tenor and soprano sax
McCoy Tyner - piano
Art Davis - bass
Reggie Workman - bass
Elvin Jones - drums

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  1. 11 Responses to “JOHN COLTRANE - NEWPORT 1961”

  2. Genius!! mucho gracias!

    By eponymus on Sep 24, 2011

  3. now you’re talking, bigo. thanks!!!


    By Ed Saad on Sep 24, 2011

  4. Great stuff - thanks very much!

    By Ralph on Sep 25, 2011

  5. thanks, bigO!!!


    By I-) on Sep 26, 2011

  6. Thanks!

    By Bob on Sep 26, 2011

  7. Trane…..

    By NAMoosedog on Sep 29, 2011

  8. Track 4 is not available - I’d very much appreciate if you could re-up. Thanks!

    By MrBill on Feb 27, 2015

  9. Would it be possible to provide a fresh link for track 3 Naima,please ?

    By Je Suis Darth on Feb 7, 2016

  10. Hi BigO, Many thanks for the swift re-up

    By Je Suis Darth on Feb 8, 2016

  11. This is very nice to have, BigO, thank you!

    By Dirk Bill on May 25, 2016

  12. can’t seem to download track 3

    By Zero Summer on May 30, 2016

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