Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up

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Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up
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Live album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 2005
RecordedMarch 26 and May 7, 1965
Catalog No. 0602498621431
OCLC 62192165

Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up is a 2005 double CD compilation of two previously unreleased 1965 Friday radio broadcasts – March 26 and May 7 – at the Half Note Club in New York City, featuring John Coltrane with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones.


The recordings were made by the radio station WABC-FM, in 1965, for a Friday radio show called "Portraits in Jazz" with Alan Grant (né Abraham Grochowsky; 1919–2012). The 2005 release was produced by Ravi Coltrane, who also, with Ashley Kahn, wrote the liner notes.

Critical reception[edit]

In his review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an "A-" and said that, although it is overpriced and underrecorded to some degree, its selling point is the title track, which features the longest Coltrane solo ever recorded.[1] Allmusic's Thom Jurek gave it four stars and wrote that, despite some audio fades, the album has exceptional sound and is of "historical importance".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Original CD release Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up (Impulse!).

Disc 1
  1. "Introduction and Announcements" Alan Grant, WABC FM radio broadcast host – 1:36
  2. "One Down, One Up" (John Coltrane) – 27:39, recorded March 26, 1965
  3. "Announcement" Alan Grant – 0:51
  4. "Afro Blue" (Mongo Santamaria) – 12:44, recorded March 26, 1965
Disc 2
  1. "Introduction and Announcements" Alan Grant – 0:43
  2. "Song of Praise" (Coltrane) – 19:38, recorded May 7, 1965
  3. "Announcements" Alan Grant – 0:43
  4. "My Favorite Things" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 22:37, recorded May 7, 1965