Music Review: “Offering” by John Coltrane



From John Coltrane’s Offering: Live at Temple University


Liner notes: Sandwiched between sprawling, 20-minute-plus band epics, this hypnotic four-minute solo meditation finds the saxophonist at his gentle best.

Behind the music: Recorded Nov. 11, 1966, less than a year before his death, the oft-bootlegged concert is legendary for Coltrane’s unexpected chanting and chest-beating, all in the name of spiritual pursuit.

Check it out if you like: Saxophone colossi such as Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler and Wayne Shorter.


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