Live at Birdland (John Coltrane album)

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Live at Birdland
Coltrane Live at Birdland.jpg
Studio album / Live album by
ReleasedJanuary 1964[1][2]
RecordedOctober 8, 1963 (#1-3)
Birdland, New York City
March 6, 1963 (#6, CD only)
November 18, 1963 (#4-5)
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenreJazz, post-bop
Length38:59 original LP
43:35 CD reissue
LabelImpulse! A-50
ProducerBob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
Live at Birdland
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[5]

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 an extended cadenza.

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. This track was first released on a 1965 compilation by Impulse![6]



  1. ^ Billboard 1 February, 1964
  2. ^ Bailey, C. Michael. "John Coltrane: Live At Birdland". All About Jazz. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  3. ^ 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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 47. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^