|Studio album by John Coltrane|
|Released||October 10, 1995|
|Recorded||February 15, 1967
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz|||
Stellar Regions is a posthumous release by John Coltrane, drawn largely from tapes discovered in 1994 by the artist's wife, Alice Coltrane, who plays the piano on the session. Alice Coltrane is also responsible for the titles of the eight numbers featured on the album.
The material on the album is not entirely previously unreleased: the same take of "Offering" was first issued on Coltrane's final studio album, Expression. Also, the track entitled "Stellar Regions" on this album is an early version of "Venus", first released in 1974 on the sax-drums duo album, Interstellar Space. Stellar Regions was recorded the week prior to the session that gave rise to that album, and features many similar note choices and runs; indeed, the "Venus" solo is also presaged here by portions of "Offering" and "Sun Star". The former song and also "Tranesonic" anticipate the fascination with polyrhythm and spare, duo arrangements that would dominate the Interstellar Space sessions. This is one of Coltrane's most accessible later albums: the numbers are brief and distinctly structured. But the fact that Coltrane did not title this material leaves in doubt how much of it he ultimately intended to release.
Some critics and musicians, including British free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker and Coltrane biographer Lewis Porter, have argued that Coltrane is playing an alto saxophone - something he did very rarely after 1946 - on both versions of "Tranesonic".
- "Seraphic Light" – 8:57
- "Sun Star" – 6:08
- "Stellar Regions" – 3:34
- "Iris" – 3:53
- "Offering" – 8:22
- "Configuration" – 4:03
- "Jimmy's Mode" – 6:00
- "Tranesonic" – 4:17
- "Stellar Regions" [Alternate Take] – 4:40
- "Sun Star" [Alternate Take] – 8:05
- "Tranesonic" [Alternate Take] – 2:49
- John Coltrane — tenor saxophone, alto saxophone on Tranesonic
- Alice Coltrane — piano
- Jimmy Garrison — bass
- Rashied Ali — drums