This amazing live recording from Febuary 10, 1962 (“John Coltrane at Birdland 1962”) is with John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy at their peak shape, music with great power; Royal jelly for the soul. It was released 2001.
“In its relatively short lifetime, jazz has undergone a regular succession of stylistic changes, all of wich have brought with them the familiar hue and cry to the effect that the new direction would compromise the spirit of the music. Yet when Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane teamed up in the latter half of 1961, their music provoked such hostility from the critical fraternity that both men felt it necessary to appear in print to convey what lay behind their music. however successful either musicians or critics were in this exercise, it did serve to focus even more public attention on what was a hightly individual form of music. Yet the number of recordings of the Coltrane/Dolphy band did not exactly proliferate, althought previously unissued recordings were issued after both Coltrane and Dolphy had died. This Cd is therefore a welcome addition to what is still a slim discography of a band led by two kindred spirits.” [source]
The line up for “Miles Mode” (A.k.a. RED PLANET) :
Jimmy Garrison (Bass),
Elvin Jones (Drums),
Eric Dolphy (Alto Saxophone, Flute),
McCoy Tyner (Piano),
John Coltrane (Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone)