Live at Birdland is a 1964 album by jazz musician John Coltrane. Despite its title, only the first three tracks were recorded live at the Birdland club; the rest are studio tracks. Among them is "Alabama", a tribute to four children killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, an attack at a Birmingham, Alabama church by white supremacists.
Tracks A1, A2 & B1 recorded live at Birdland, New York on October 8, 1963. Tracks B2 & B3 recorded in the studio on November 18, 1963. Stereo A-50 on spine and cover. Red and black Impulse! labels. ABC Records" logo to the right of Impulse! logo on center labels.
Arguably John Coltrane's finest all-around album, this recording has brilliant versions of "Afro Blue" and "I Want to Talk About You"; the second half of the latter features Coltrane on unaccompanied tenor tearing into the piece but never losing sight of the fact that it is a beautiful ballad. The remainder of this album ("Alabama," "The Promise," and "Your Lady") is almost at the same high level.
Live at Birdland is a 1964 album by jazz musician John Coltrane. 3. Birdland (New York jazz club) – Birdland is a jazz club started in New York City on December 15,1949. The original Birdland, which was located at 1678 Broadway, just north of West 52nd Street in Manhattan, was closed in 1965 due to increased rents, but it re-opened for one night in 1979. A revival began in 1986 with the opening of the second nightclub by the name that is now located in Manhattans Theater District. Live at Birdland may refer to: Live at Birdland (John Coltrane album), 1964. Live at Birdland (Lee Konitz album), 2009. Live at Birdland (John Pizzarelli album), 2003. Live at Birdland (Toshiko - Mariano Quartet), 1961. Live at Birdland (Lester Young album), 2007. Extended Play: Live at Birdland, by the Dave Holland Quintet, 2001.
Coltrane Live at Birdland displays Coltrane's most famous quartet: McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and the thermonuclear Elvin Jones on drums. With respect to the saxophonist's constantly evolving style, Coltrane Live at Birdland falls squarely between Ballads and A Love Supreme and on those Birdland dates, John Coltrane does sound like he is passing through.
What would turn out to be his finest all-around album, John Coltrane delivered a splendid highly lauded live album in 1964 that was one of several performances he gave at New York’s Birdland Café between 1962 and 1963, where this one feature the saxophone rebel in a truly fantastic direct format.
Released in 1964, Coltrane Live At Birdland became ‘Trane’s second live album on impulse!, although only three of the five tracks on the original LP release were actually from the gig at the famous Manhattan club; the other two are from a session at Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs studio a little over a month later. The three tracks from Birdland are Mongo Santamaria’s ‘Afro-Blue’, Billy Eckstine’s ‘I Want To Talk About You’ and ‘The Promise’, a Coltrane original.