Kulu Sé Mama

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Kulu Sé Mama
Kulu Se Mama.jpg
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released January 1967[1]
Recorded June 10 & 16, 1965 (#2-3, 5, 6)
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
October 14, 1965 (#1, 4)
Western Recorders, Los Angeles
Genre Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz
Length 34:15 original LP
69:33CD reissue
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
New Thing at Newport
(1965)New Thing at Newport1965
Kulu Sé Mama

Kulu Sé Mama is an album by jazz musician John Coltrane. Recorded during 1965, it was released in early 1967 as Impulse! A-9106 (AS-9106 for the stereo version). The title piece and "Selflessness" were recorded in October 1965 and feature a large ensemble including Sanders, Garrett, Butler and Lewis. The other tracks, "Vigil", "Welcome" and "Dusk Dawn", feature the "classic quartet" (Coltrane, Jones, Garrison and Tyner). "Kulu Sé Mama" was composed by Juno Lewis, and the other titles are credited to Coltrane. "Selflessness" was first released on the posthumous album Selflessness: Featuring My Favorite Things, and "Dusk Dawn" was first released on the posthumous album Living Space. Kulu Sé Mama was the last album released during Coltrane's lifetime.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kulu Sé Mama (Juno Sé Mama)" - 18:50
  2. "Vigil" - 9:51
  3. "Welcome" - 5:34

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Selflessness" - 14:49
  2. "Dusk Dawn" - 11:00
  3. "Dusk Dawn"[Alternate Take] - 9:29

Track #3 recorded on June 10, 1965; #2, #5, #6 on June 16; #1, #4 on October 14, 1965.



  1. ^ Billboard Jan 28, 1967
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. Kulu Sé Mama at AllMusic
  3. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (17 May 2012). "Review: John Coltrane - Kulu Se Mama | Sputnikmusic". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 47. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

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