Coltrane Live at Birdland

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Coltrane Live at Birdland
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Live album / Studio album by John Coltrane
Released April 1964[1][2]
Recorded October 8, 1963 (#1-3)
Birdland, New York City
March 6, 1963 (#6, CD only)
November 18, 1963 (#4-5)
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz, post-bop
Length 38:59 original LP
43:35 CD reissue
Label Impulse! A-50
Producer Bob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
Coltrane Live at Birdland
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[5]

Coltrane 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. The album's original pressing accidentally included a false start - this was corrected in later copies, but restored in CD editions. The album also features a live recording of "I Want to Talk About You," a song Coltrane had recorded on his 1958 album Soultrane, this time with a famous extended cadenza, lasting over eight minutes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Coltrane except as indicated

  1. "Afro Blue" (Mongo Santamaria)  – 10:50
  2. "I Want to Talk About You" (Billy Eckstine)  – 8:11
  3. "The Promise" – 8:10
  4. "Alabama" – 5:09
  5. "Your Lady" – 6:39
Compact Disc bonus track
  1. "Vilia" – 4:36

"Vilia" is the main melodic statement to the Franz Lehár piece "Vivias", set to a swing feel and chord changes.



  1. ^ Billboard Apr 25, 1964
  2. ^ The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, Ashley Kahn, p. 302
  3. ^ Coltrane Live at Birdland at AllMusic
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 289. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 47. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.