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Marilyn Crispell – For Coltrane

"Solo performance by the brilliant pianist paying tribute to John Coltrane. Recorded in London, Logan Hall, 1987.

Seven pieces, four of them by Coltrane. This dedication has been inspired by the mystical experience where the pianist felt the presence and guiding of Coltrane's spirit. A new romantic side of Marilyn's talent. Outstanding reviews."

"Hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like monitoring an active volcano,” wrote Jon Pareles in the New York Times. “She is one of a very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz." Crispell, who was born in Philadelphia in 1947, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977, when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio.

Crispell discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor among others. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble and has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, Quartet Noir and Anders Jormin's Bortom Quintet. Crispell has described how, through playing with the Braxton Quartet, she “began to think more compositionally and pay more attention to space and silence”. Besides working as a soloist and leader of her own groups, Crispell has performed and recorded extensively with well-known players on the American and international.

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1. Dear Lord (Composed by J. Coltrane) - 7:09
2. Collage For Coltrane I (Composed by M. Crispell) - 5:46
3 Collage For Coltrane II (Composed by M. Crispell) - 5:35
4 Collage For Coltrane III (Composed by M. Crispell) - 4:27
5. Lazy Bird (Composed by J. Coltrane) - 3:55
6. Coltrane Time (Composed by J. Coltrane) - 5:31
7. After The Rain (Composed by J. Coltrane) 11:52